So Many Georgians Struggle, but it Doesn’t Have to be That Way

Posted October 9, 2015 by Taifa Smith Butler
For the last 15 years or so, I’ve peered out across many crowded rooms filled to capacity with bright-eyed, on occasion teary-eyed, Georgians. So many are desperate for solutions to help improve their communities, especially the families struggling to get by. And I’ve looked into the faces of leaders of… [Read more]

Planned Financial Support for Low-Income Students in a Slump

Posted October 7, 2015 by Claire Suggs
Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission members agree the state should send extra dollars to school districts to help them better meet the needs of low-income students but “extra” now means much less than it once did. The commission is developing a new formula to distribute state funds to public… [Read more]

Fighting for Economic Opportunity Because I Can’t Forget Their Faces

Posted October 2, 2015 by Taifa Smith Butler
For a moment, let’s forget the pie charts, trend lines, new census poverty data and the research. I want to remember their faces. Fact is, I can’t forget. Take a tour of the poorest sections of suburban Atlanta and you’ll find families living in poverty, people who make tough choices… [Read more]

Open College Entry to Undocumented Students to Bolster Georgia’s Workforce

Posted September 29, 2015 by Melissa Johnson
Many Georgia students started college for the first time this fall. That’s good news for Georgia as the state says it needs 250,000 additional college graduates to meet its workforce needs by 2020, according to Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia Initiative. The bad news is that the state is… [Read more]

Tax Credits Help Lead the Fight Against Poverty

Posted September 25, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe
When Georgians think about the best ways to fight poverty and help more families climb the economic ladder, tax credits probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. But new data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau confirm that the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and… [Read more]

Georgia’s Need to Close Coverage Gap Flagged by New Census Report

Posted September 23, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Nearly 300,000 fewer Georgians went without health insurance in 2014 compared to 2013, a decline of about 15 percent, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau data. This improvement is no doubt good news for these newly insured Georgians. Many of them enrolled in health insurance plans thanks to new… [Read more]

Education Reform Holds Student Success in the Balance

Posted September 16, 2015 by Claire Suggs
Georgia’s effort to overhaul the formula it uses to split about $8.5 billion per year in state money among its 180 school districts is gaining momentum despite important omissions. A study committee of the governor-appointed Education Reform Commission is moving toward recommending a new funding method that leaves issues critical… [Read more]

Pro-Worker Credits in Jeopardy this Labor Day

Posted September 3, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe
The U.S. Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894 to honor the contributions workers make every day to our nation’s strength, prosperity and well-being. But in 2015, on a day when we will celebrate the value of work, it’s distressing that two of our nation’s best policy tools for encouraging and rewarding work are in jeopardy: the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). If the current Congress doesn’t act soon, Georgia workers from all walks of life stand to lose.

Pending TANF Changes Could Send Georgia Budget Writers Scrambling

Posted August 21, 2015 by Melissa Johnson
Melissa Johnson   Pending changes to a federal work-development and safety-net program that relies on state contributions could create a shortfall of tens of millions of dollars Georgia budget writers will need to fill somehow. Congress returns to Washington in a few weeks following its August recess and one of… [Read more]

A Time-Tested Tax Tool to Grow Georgia’s Middle Class

Posted August 12, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe
Too many Georgians today work hard and play by the rules but fail to get ahead. Incomes are down, wages are flat and expenses are rising for low- and moderate-income families statewide. For them, state and local taxes are more than just the nuisance payment they represent to higher earners.… [Read more]