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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

Making KIDS COUNT Every Year

Posted August 21, 2014 by Taifa Smith Butler

[Read more]“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”  Nelson Mandela
As I reflect on the happenings in the world these last few weeks, Nelson Mandela’s quote is more poignant than ever. So many challenges plague the world today that

Celebrating 10 Years of Showing Georgia What is Possible

Posted August 21, 2014 by Alan Essig

[Read more]Hard to believe GBPI is celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year. It has been a long, sometimes strange trip. It seems only yesterday that I came on board as Executive Director, working out of my dining room while my son, all of 10 years old at the time, acted as

New Report: Georgia’s Medicaid Opposition to Cost $34 Billion

Posted August 14, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Georgia’s refusal to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people will cost the state’s health care system about $34 billion in federal money over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.
Georgia’s hospitals alone will lose out on almost $13 billion. That

State Closes Fiscal Year with Sluggish 2014 Revenues

Posted August 14, 2014 by Alan Essig

[Read more]Georgia’s revenues grew 4.8 percent for the 2014 fiscal year that ended June 30.
Such growth is well below the 8.2 percent average of the 13 non-recession years between 1993 and 2007. The difference between 4.8 percent growth and 8.2 percent growth is $623 million. Georgia could accomplish a lot

Georgia Health Coverage Rate Trails 47 States

Posted August 8, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

Adults in Georgia are more likely to go without health coverage than people in all but two other states, according to a new Gallup survey… [Read more]. Georgia’s adult uninsured rate of 20.2 percent is worse than only Texas’ 24 percent and Mississippi’s 20.6 percent and clocks in nearly 7 points

Keep Working Families Top of Mind for Georgia’s Future

Posted August 7, 2014 by Taifa Smith Butler

A worker who earned $32,000 to $58,000 a year when the recession hit in 2007 was much more likely to lose a job than workers at the high and low ends of the spectrum. That’s because mid-wage industries lost the most jobs during the recession, as GBPI documented in a … [Read more]

New GBPI Budget Primer Tells Story of Shortchanged Citizenry

Posted August 6, 2014 by Alan Essig

GBPI is proud today to publish the latest edition of our annual comprehensive analysis of the state’s financial blueprint, the  “Georgia Budget Primer 2015.”… [Read more]
This primer is a clear explanation of the state’s revenue collections and its current spending plan through next June. The 2015 edition tells the story of

Uninsured Rates Fall in States Expanding Medicaid

Posted July 25, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]States that take advantage of new federal money available to extend Medicaid coverage to more residents are seeing substantial declines in uninsured rates this year. It makes sense. Greater Medicaid eligibility increases health coverage, and updated numbers from 2014 provide yet more compelling evidence that Georgia’s failure to expand Medicaid