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Cost up for Discussion as Education Reform Commission Resumes July 16

Posted June 26, 2015 by Claire Suggs

Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission… [Read more] recently shifted course to wrestle with a fundamental question: what does it cost to educate Georgia’s K-12 students? The commission’s chair, Charles Knapp, initially expressed skepticism about the usefulness of answering this question, noting earlier efforts to redesign the state’s public schools funding formula

Supreme Court Ruling Frees Georgia to Turn Attention to Closing Coverage Gap

Posted June 25, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Today the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically-driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The ruling issued in King v. Burwell protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace

Pro-Work Tax Credits Give Georgia Fathers a Hand

Posted June 19, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Countless Georgians will celebrate the role that fathers play in their families this Sunday, on Father’s Day. They’ll reflect on all the hard-work, sacrifice, trials, tribulations and joy found along the path to successful fatherhood. It’s highly unlikely many families will talk much about their tax bills, but given something

Rising Child Poverty Places More Demand on Summer Feeding Programs

Posted June 17, 2015 by Melissa Johnson

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than one in six needy children in 2014, according to a recent report… [Read more] by the Food Research and Action Center.

Budget Woes for Some States, a Cautionary Tale for Georgia

Posted June 12, 2015 by Taifa Smith Butler

Georgia’s governor announced new revenue numbers for May… [Read more] 2015 this week and the good news is the trend is a steady upswing.  We’re up about 3.1 percent or about $43 million more for the month compared to net tax revenues collected this time last year. Not too bad.  If we

North Carolina Mayor Makes Long Trek to Save Rural Hospitals

Posted June 4, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

By Ann Hedges and Tim Sweeney
On Monday, Belhaven, N.C. Mayor Adam O’Neal started a 283-mile walk to our nation’s capital to advocate for a way to reopen his community’s hospital. This is his second long trek to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the struggles of rural health facilities… [Read more]

Education Reform Commission – Can We Talk About the Cost?

Posted May 27, 2015 by Claire Suggs

[Read more]The Education Reform Commission established by Gov. Nathan Deal spent a lot of time talking about money in recent months. Its members considered an alternative approach to distributing state funds that gives districts greater flexibility in using those dollars. They also discussed differences in students’ needs and changing how funds

Summer Brings Child Hunger Challenges

Posted May 26, 2015 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]It’s that time of year again. The school year is ending and Georgia children are leaving classrooms for summer break. For more than 1 million Georgia children who qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches, summer break also brings anxiety. Fewer than one in seven Georgia children who rely on subsidized

Tax Policy a Quality of Life Topic in 2015 and Beyond

Posted May 20, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Taxes are nobody’s favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more

Georgia’s Medicaid “Experiment” a Tepid Response to Coverage Gap

Posted May 15, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

State leaders at the Department of Community Health are reportedly working with a few Georgia hospitals… [Read more] to take advantage of language in the recently signed 2016 Georgia budget that allows the agency to seek a federal Medicaid waiver. The language included in the 2016 budget that authorizes the department to