Thanksgiving Greetings

Posted November 25, 2015 by
This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for your continued support and commitment.… [Read more]
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GBPI Announces New Board Members

Posted November 20, 2015 by
Four new members recently joined the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Board of Directors, the guiding group that provides oversight to the nonprofit research organization. The new board members bring a breadth of experience and knowledge of state-level policy from the varied perspectives of a state government affairs expert, a… [Read more]
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Struggling Health Care System Just Part of What Ails Rural Georgia

Posted November 20, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Georgia is burdened with a host of health challenges across the state, from an uninsured rate that ranks among the highest in the nation to its lack of health care providers. This figures to be exacerbated by a financial crisis at the rural hospital in Fort Oglethorpe this month. Many… [Read more]

Support Georgia veterans through tax credits that work

Posted November 10, 2015 by
Guest Blogger Veterans Day should be about more than a chance to get a good deal on a new flat screen TV ahead of the holidays, although there’s nothing wrong with getting a bargain. A break on the sticker price also benefits the men and women who serve our country,… [Read more]

Georgia Misses Opportunity to Improve Child Care

Posted November 6, 2015 by Melissa Johnson
Georgia is one of 16 states where families are worse off because of its child care policies, according to a new report by the National Women’s Law Center. Families fare worse in Georgia because the state turns away parents who apply for child care financial assistance due to worries the… [Read more]

Education Reform Commission Threatens to Cement in $421 Million Cut

Posted November 4, 2015 by Claire Suggs
Hover your mouse over the map to view information for each school district. See how we calculated these numbers by downloading this spreadsheet. Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission is poised to recommend a new school funding formula that threatens to make permanent deep cuts to the existing funding… [Read more]

Public Education Austerity Cuts Persist in New State Spending Plan

Posted October 30, 2015 by John McCosh
Georgia is underfunding its K-12 programs to the tune of about $660 million this school year, according to the state’s own formula. Plans emerging from the governor’s Education Reform Commission threaten to lock in most of the cuts for the long term. Ongoing state funding shortfalls flagged by GBPI’s education… [Read more]

Georgia Shifts Cost to Bus Schoolchildren to Local Districts

Posted October 27, 2015 by Claire Suggs
Every day across Georgia school buses carry students safely to and from school. This is an essential service, which the state requires school districts to provide. Transporting students also comes with a hefty price tag yet the state contributes little to its cost. The General Assembly has cut school transportation… [Read more]

A Blueprint to Bolster Georgia Families through Targeted Tax Reforms

Posted October 21, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe
State lawmakers and other civic-minded people who work to improve the lives of Georgia families have no shortage of important causes worthy of their attention. Fully funding public schools and providing affordable access to colleges and universities. Ensuring families get decent medical care by closing Georgia’s health insurance coverage gap.… [Read more]

Healthier State Revenues Provide Opportunities

Posted October 16, 2015 by Taifa Smith Butler
The welcome news is state tax revenues are up about 9.4 percent during the first three months of the 2016 fiscal year that started July 1. Georgia’s year-to-date collections total $5.13 billion, up $438.7 million, compared to $4.69 billion last year. When Gov. Nathan Deal unveils his new state budget… [Read more]