Georgia’s 2016 Human Services Budget Reflects GBPI Influence

Posted April 21, 2015 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]Georgia lawmakers took steps in the just-ended legislative session to improve the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable people. Lawmakers allotted $900,000 more in the 2016 state budget to help Georgians with disabilities prepare for jobs and added more than $25 million to better protect children. Also significant

Transportation Reforms, Questionable Tax Breaks Drive This Year’s Tax Agenda

Posted April 17, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]A package of measures designed to boost funding for Georgia’s ailing transportation network is the biggest tax item to pass this year’s General Assembly, but lawmakers also approved several other tax bills that in some cases carry sizable revenue costs. Legislators gave their approval to 10 tax bills besides the

Education Reform Commission Begins Work on New K-12 Funding Formula

Posted April 16, 2015 by Claire Suggs

A study committee set up by the governor to find ways to improve public education in Georgia is set to meet in Tifton this Friday as members work toward an August deadline to deliver recommendations. Gov. Nathan Deal established the Education Reform Commission… [Read more] in January to examine school funding, early

GBPI Put its Stamp on 2015 Legislative Session

Posted April 13, 2015 by Taifa Smith Butler

[Read more]Georgia lawmakers left Atlanta early this month with significant accomplishments in hand and without approving some measures the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute flagged as troubling.
Legislation to generate about $900 million more a year for transportation maintenance grabbed most of the headlines after the General Assembly convened in mid-January.

A Step Forward: Lessons from the 2015 General Assembly

Posted April 8, 2015 by Taifa Smith Butler

[Read more]Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases

And Now it’s Time to Say Sine Die

Posted April 2, 2015 by Alan Essig

[Read more]As the 2015 legislative session comes to an end so does my time in Georgia. After 25 years in Georgia, the last 11 as executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, I move to Michigan in a few weeks.  It certainly has been a long, strange

Lawmakers Can Use Legislative Offseason to Get Serious About Health Care

Posted April 1, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Education reform? Check. More revenue for transportation maintenance? Check. What’s missing here?
Ahhh, Georgia’s ailing health care system didn’t get much attention from state lawmakers as they wound down the 2015 session this week. Kudos to House and Senate leaders who compromised on a transportation plan.  We can all agree

Time Runs Short to Boost Transparency, Parental Roles in Statewide School Plan

Posted March 25, 2015 by Claire Suggs

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s  proposal to create a statewide Opportunity School District (OSD) to take over persistently low-performing schools could pass out of the Georgia house and sent for the governor’s signature as soon as this week.
 This train needs to slow down to give lawmakers time to add better provisions

State Transportation Repair Plan Veers Off Course

Posted March 24, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]As published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 24, 2015
The bill lawmakers are pushing to answer Gov. Nathan Deal’s call for more money to fix Georgia’s roads and bridges made a sharp turn in the wrong direction last week.
State senators put their stamp on a version their House

Increasing Access to Child Care Helps Georgia’s Women, State Economy

Posted March 23, 2015 by

[Read more]Guest blogger Kelly Dolan is executive director of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation
At the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, we know that advocacy is one of the most effective ways to combat the sort of interrelated root causes of social problems and systemic factors that are detailed in our Breaking the Cycle