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Time to Retire Georgia’s Sales Tax Holidays

Posted July 30, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]This weekend marks the return of that semi-annual Georgia tradition, the two-day sales tax holiday, this one for back-to-school supplies. But when state legislators return to work in January 2016, they can seize the chance to bring the misguided tradition to an end. Experts from across the ideological spectrum agree

Medicaid Turns 50: Half a Century of Providing Health Care to Georgians

Posted July 24, 2015 by

By Ann Hedges
This month, Medicaid turns 50. President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark legislation into law July 30, 1965. Since its inception, Medicaid has provided health coverage to some of Georgia’s most vulnerable residents. Low-income seniors and people with disabilities get stable access to health care services through the… [Read more]

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Teacher Compensation a Contentious Issue for Education Reform Commission

Posted July 15, 2015 by Claire Suggs

Education funding is often a contentious topic, and so it is for the governor’s Education Reform Commission… [Read more] as a key subcommittee reconvenes this week for its July 16 meeting. Commission members disagree whether a new formula for funding public schools should be based on an assessment of cost, as I

School District Employees Deserve Break from Rising Insurance Premiums

Posted July 10, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

Just before the close of the 2015 fiscal year at the end of June, the state released a 24-page report… [Read more] examining the costs of Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan. That is the health insurance plan for state employees, teachers, and other school district employees. The report is a requirement built

Cost up for Discussion as Education Reform Commission Resumes July 16

Posted June 26, 2015 by Claire Suggs

Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission… [Read more] recently shifted course to wrestle with a fundamental question: what does it cost to educate Georgia’s K-12 students? The commission’s chair, Charles Knapp, initially expressed skepticism about the usefulness of answering this question, noting earlier efforts to redesign the state’s public schools funding formula

Supreme Court Ruling Frees Georgia to Turn Attention to Closing Coverage Gap

Posted June 25, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Today the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically-driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The ruling issued in King v. Burwell protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace

Pro-Work Tax Credits Give Georgia Fathers a Hand

Posted June 19, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Countless Georgians will celebrate the role that fathers play in their families this Sunday, on Father’s Day. They’ll reflect on all the hard-work, sacrifice, trials, tribulations and joy found along the path to successful fatherhood. It’s highly unlikely many families will talk much about their tax bills, but given something

Rising Child Poverty Places More Demand on Summer Feeding Programs

Posted June 17, 2015 by Melissa Johnson

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than one in six needy children in 2014, according to a recent report… [Read more] by the Food Research and Action Center.

Budget Woes for Some States, a Cautionary Tale for Georgia

Posted June 12, 2015 by Taifa Smith Butler

Georgia’s governor announced new revenue numbers for May… [Read more] 2015 this week and the good news is the trend is a steady upswing.  We’re up about 3.1 percent or about $43 million more for the month compared to net tax revenues collected this time last year. Not too bad.  If we

North Carolina Mayor Makes Long Trek to Save Rural Hospitals

Posted June 4, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

By Ann Hedges and Tim Sweeney
On Monday, Belhaven, N.C. Mayor Adam O’Neal started a 283-mile walk to our nation’s capital to advocate for a way to reopen his community’s hospital. This is his second long trek to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the struggles of rural health facilities… [Read more]