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Georgia’s Disinvestment in Higher Education is at Expense of State’s Economic Future

Posted April 17, 2014 by Claire Suggs

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia raised next year’s tuition at Georgia Tech 9 percent on Tuesday, the same day that Home Depot’s director of talent acquisition told members of the governor’s High Demand Career Initiative the company cannot find enough software developers here. So… [Read more]

Newspaper Series Shines Light on What Georgia Loses Without Medicaid Expansion

Posted April 17, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Misty Williams just got a well-deserved laurel from the Columbia Journalism Review for her exemplary two-part series that clearly explains the tremendous downside to Georgia’s choice not to expand Medicaid.
The second installment of the series last Sunday took a detailed look at the… [Read more]

Income Tax Cap Resolution a Low Point for 2014 Legislature

Posted April 11, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

A reckless constitutional amendment designed to tie the hands of future lawmakers and hamstring the state’s ability to meet its growing needs over time stands out as the worst tax legislation passed by the 2014 Georgia General Assembly.
Senate Resolution 415 places a constitutional amendment on this November’s ballot… [Read more]

Common Core Standards Safe for Now, But Debate Lives On

Posted April 11, 2014 by Claire Suggs

Legislators considered taking the state’s approach to education in an array of new directions during the 2014 General Assembly, but in the end made few changes.
Lawmakers debated whether Georgia schools should continue rolling out Common Core standards, voluntary national benchmarks that set ambitious goals in English language arts… [Read more]

Legacy of 2014 Legislature was to Make Georgia’s Faulty Health Care Policy Worse

Posted April 4, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

Georgia is home to more residents without health insurance coverage than all but four states. Still, state lawmakers used the 2014 to focus on ways to make it more difficult for Georgians to access benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Georgia is left with its most pressing health… [Read more]

Legislature’s Education Spending Plan Better, but Still Earns a “Needs Improvement”

Posted April 3, 2014 by Claire Suggs

The governor and state legislators made education funding a major talking point during the 2014 legislative session. Lawmakers made a less severe cut to public school funding than in recent years. The recurring $1 billion annual shortfall Georgia’s public schools suffered through since the recession is trimmed to about… [Read more]

Georgia Legislature Moves to Keep Poor People Poor

Posted March 26, 2014 by Melissa Johnson

Almost 2 million low-income Georgians will find it harder to get ahead in the future, thanks to counterproductive policies adopted by state lawmakers in the just-concluded legislative session.
Lawmakers took potshots at the poor from a variety of directions, ranging from erecting new barriers to food to limiting access… [Read more]

Scorched Earth Politics of 2014 Will Hurt Georgia Families for Years

Posted March 21, 2014 by Alan Essig

The 2014 Georgia General Assembly is mercifully over now, but its legacy of lost opportunity will haunt Georgia families for a long time to come. Politics repeatedly trumped sound policy decisions this legislative session, as the governor and other state leaders blew an opportunity to put Georgia on a… [Read more]

Tax Resolution is Troubling and Unnecessary

Posted March 10, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

The tax committee in Georgia’s House of Representatives is set to consider a recommendation to change the state’s constitution to permanently cap Georgia’s top income tax rate. This is a bad idea. Whatever you think about income taxes, putting a tax cap in the state constitution could deliver several… [Read more]

Medicaid Expansion Delivers Soaring Premium Tax Revenue From Increased Federal Funding

Posted March 7, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

Amidst the debate in the Georgia House over House Bill 990 this week, a representative questioned if new Medicaid expansion-related revenue from Georgia’s insurance premium tax can accurately be projected to offset the cost of enrolling more low-income people.
I would like to tackle that question in… [Read more]