Georgians Set to Vote on Income Tax Straitjacket

Posted October 23, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Georgians will vote November 4th whether to permanently enshrine the state’s top income tax rate of 6 percent in the state’s constitution. The so-called “tax-cap” amendment sounds American as apple pie, right? No one looks forward to the day their income tax bill comes due and the prospect of capping

New GBPI Survey: Students Still Feel Budget Cuts’ Sting

Posted October 16, 2014 by Claire Suggs

[Read more]Here is a status report on the state of education in Georgia, from someone who knows: “Delayed instructional initiatives, depleted reserves, increased class sizes, frozen wages, deferred maintenance and negligible bus replacement. It doesn’t take great imagination to envision what could have been done over the last five years with

Alan Essig: Ten Years at GBPI With a Purpose

Posted September 25, 2014 by Alan Essig

[Read more]It seems like only yesterday I joined GBPI as executive director, its first employee. I started with no office, staff or even a paper clip. Today GBPI has a staff of nine and publishes dozens of reports, briefs and commentaries a year. In just a decade we’ve become the most

Rising Inequality Makes Tax Shift Strategy Even Riskier

Posted September 18, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

The widening gap between rich and poor makes it harder for state lawmakers to fully fund education, health care and other vital services, more so in states like Florida and Tennessee that rely mostly on sales taxes. That’s one of the main findings of a new study from Standard & … [Read more]

Taifa Butler: I Work at GBPI to Spotlight What’s Possible

Posted September 17, 2014 by Taifa Smith Butler

This September marks my third anniversary as part of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) team. I’m spending much of the month scrambling to make the organization’s 10th anniversary gala next month a big success. We still have tickets for sale… [Read more] and I hope you’ll join us!
Why did

Georgia Set to Squander $7.8 Million on Food Stamps ID

Posted September 11, 2014 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]Georgia’s Department of Human Services is asking the state to include $7.8 million in its 2016 budget to put photos on electronic cards used by food stamp recipients.
This is an expensive solution to a virtually non-existent problem. Spending millions to create photo ID cards will not prevent large-scale fraud

How Squeezed is Your District?

Posted September 8, 2014 by Claire Suggs

[Read more]The Schoolhouse Squeeze 2014 compiles the latest numbers to show how cuts at the state level and lost local property values combine to create financial stress for school districts. This year’s update to the original 2013 report features a searchable database so you can easily access information about your district,

Expectations for Students Grow, but Resources to Meet Them Shrink

Posted September 4, 2014 by Claire Suggs

We expect more from our students today than ever before. We’re asking them to develop deeper knowledge and more analytical and creative skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. Georgia’s policymakers are instituting more rigorous performance standards and enhancing teacher quality through new policies on teacher preparation, licensure… [Read more]

Marriage Equality is Good for Business in Georgia

Posted August 29, 2014 by Alan Essig

Creating marriage equality in Georgia is not just a matter of basic justice and fairness, but according to a just-released study by the Williams Institute… [Read more] in the UCLA School of Law, the state’s economy would also benefit.
Revenue from same-sex wedding planning and spending by out-of-state guests on goods and

Georgia Workers Deserve an Economy That Works for Them

Posted August 27, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Like many Georgians I grew up in a family hanging on tightly to the middle rungs of the economic ladder. My father drove old cars until they literally fell apart on the road, and my mother clipped coupons religiously from the Sunday paper. My older sister and I slept under