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Georgia Gets an “F” for Failing Working Parents

Posted July 17, 2014 by Melissa Johnson

Georgia is failing its working moms and dads, according to a new report by the National Partnership for Women & Families. In its most recent edition of “Expecting Better… [Read more],” the group assigned Georgia an ”F” after comparing policies in each state meant to protect and support working parents.

Georgia’s Middle Class Workers Left Out of Recovery

Posted July 17, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Industries in Georgia that pay a middle-class wage fell furthest during the Great Recession but are faring the worst during the economic recovery. Georgia’s mid-wage industries comprised 52 percent of private sector job losses during the recession, but only 15 percent of gains during the recovery. Cuts to state and

Close Georgia’s Coverage Gap to Stabilize State’s Hospitals

Posted July 10, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

States that expanded Medicaid eligibility to close their state’s coverage gap experienced substantial and nearly immediate reductions in charity care cases due to greater Medicaid payments. Those are the findings of a new report by the Colorado Hospital Association… [Read more], adding new support for the case to increase health coverage

Teaching Pre-K Children Shouldn’t Require a Vow of Poverty

Posted July 9, 2014 by Claire Suggs

Pre-Kindergarten teachers are the reason children of all backgrounds across Georgia are better prepared to start school… [Read more] and begin the journey to postsecondary study and the workforce. You wouldn’t guess the critical role they play if you peeked at their paystubs. They earn less than teachers who work in elementary

CNBC says Georgia is Best for Business, Weak on Education and Quality of Life

Posted June 27, 2014 by Taifa Smith Butler

[Read more]To the metro Atlanta commuter stuck in traffic gridlock, to the students in overcrowded classrooms in schoolhouses throughout Georgia and to workers stuck in low-wage jobs without health insurance, a new CNBC study that ranks Georgia as the top state for business is little comfort.
This week cable channel CNBC

Fix Education, Other Vital Services With Viable State Revenue Options

Posted June 27, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Georgia continues to wrestle with the fallout of relying on a revenue system that can’t raise enough money to meet the needs of a modern, growing state. Hospitals are closing, traffic is gridlocked and local school districts are cutting calendar days and increasing class sizes. Public investments in education, transportation

Starbucks’ Venti Plan to Advance Educational Opportunities

Posted June 20, 2014 by Taifa Smith Butler

[Read more]This week Starbucks gave me new appreciation for corporations that value employees and show it in meaningful ways.
Starbucks made headlines with its announcement that it will provide free college tuition for all its employees through a partnership with Arizona State University’s online program. To obtain financial support for a

New Report: At the Bottom of a Broken Ladder

Posted June 19, 2014 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]Georgia could give its low income working families the chance to live better lives and contribute more to the state’s economy by increasing the HOPE Grant award to cover full tuition and fees, expanding access to subsidized child care and expanding access to Medicaid insurance. These are the recommendations included

Georgia College Graduates Start Life with Big Debt Burden

Posted June 12, 2014 by Claire Suggs

[Read more]Student loan debt in Georgia is a growing burden for its college students, but state policymakers are not taking steps to slow the worrisome trend. Most Georgia students graduate from college with loans and their debt burdens are increasing.
Existing financial aid programs fall far short of covering the cost

Hold off Celebration for Modest State Revenue Growth

Posted June 11, 2014 by Alan Essig

[Read more]Georgia’s revenues are up 4.5 percent over the first 11 months of the 2014 fiscal year. Still, revenues are stubbornly sticking to levels below the historical average for a non-recession year. In the 13 non-recession years between 1993 and 2007 Georgia’s revenue growth averaged 8.2 percent. Georgia takes in $675