Rising Inequality Makes Tax Shift Strategy Even Riskier

Posted September 18, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

The widening gap between rich and poor makes it harder for state lawmakers to fully fund education, health care and other vital services, more so in states like Florida and Tennessee that rely mostly on sales taxes. That’s one of the main findings of a new study from Standard & … [Read more]

Taifa Butler: I Work at GBPI to Spotlight What’s Possible

Posted September 17, 2014 by Taifa Smith Butler

This September marks my third anniversary as part of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) team. I’m spending much of the month scrambling to make the organization’s 10th anniversary gala next month a big success. We still have tickets for sale… [Read more] and I hope you’ll join us!
Why did

Georgia Set to Squander $7.8 Million on Food Stamps ID

Posted September 11, 2014 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]Georgia’s Department of Human Services is asking the state to include $7.8 million in its 2016 budget to put photos on electronic cards used by food stamp recipients.
This is an expensive solution to a virtually non-existent problem. Spending millions to create photo ID cards will not prevent large-scale fraud

How Squeezed is Your District?

Posted September 8, 2014 by Claire Suggs

[Read more]The Schoolhouse Squeeze 2014 compiles the latest numbers to show how cuts at the state level and lost local property values combine to create financial stress for school districts. This year’s update to the original 2013 report features a searchable database so you can easily access information about your district,

Expectations for Students Grow, but Resources to Meet Them Shrink

Posted September 4, 2014 by Claire Suggs

We expect more from our students today than ever before. We’re asking them to develop deeper knowledge and more analytical and creative skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. Georgia’s policymakers are instituting more rigorous performance standards and enhancing teacher quality through new policies on teacher preparation, licensure… [Read more]

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