… [Read more]Georgians will vote November 4th whether to permanently enshrine the state’s top income tax rate of 6 percent in the state’s constitution. The so-called “tax-cap” amendment sounds American as apple pie, right? No one looks forward to the day their income tax bill comes due and the prospect of capping
… [Read more]Here is a status report on the state of education in Georgia, from someone who knows: “Delayed instructional initiatives, depleted reserves, increased class sizes, frozen wages, deferred maintenance and negligible bus replacement. It doesn’t take great imagination to envision what could have been done over the last five years with
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!
… [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
… [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,
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]
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