Recession-Era Cuts Remain for Georgia Schools, Despite Gains

Posted January 28, 2015 by Claire Suggs

The $8.49 billion for public schools in Governor Deal’s budget proposal shrinks some of the austerity cut in state K-12 funding. That’s the good news. But our overview of the proposed budget… [Read more] shows school districts will receive between $450 and $500 million less than called for in the state’s funding

Billions in Tax Breaks Limit Georgia’s Spending Options

Posted January 27, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

Georgia will forego about $8 billion in the upcoming 2016 budget year due to dozens of credits, deductions and other tax breaks enacted over the years by state lawmakers. That’s the big news in our latest analysis of Georgia’s January 2015 tax expenditure report… [Read more], released along with Gov. Nathan

Cover Georgia Day a Reminder State is Missing Out

Posted January 26, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]States across the country are taking advantage of new federal funding to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, while boosting investment in health care systems. Many states are saving millions of dollars in their own budgets, thanks to new federal money. At the same time they are making

Education, Other Needs Outstrip Proposed 2016 Budget

Posted January 22, 2015 by Alan Essig

The budget crisis created by the Great Recession may be over, but our review of the proposed 2016 state budget… [Read more] finds it is still insufficient to fully fund education, cover the hundreds of thousands of Georgians without health insurance and adequately maintain our transportation infrastructure. Revenues are growing, but they

Remembering Broad Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted January 15, 2015 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]Watching the critically-acclaimed film, “Selma,” last weekend provided a stark reminder of how much progress this country has made toward fulfilling the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. It was also a reminder of how far we have yet to go, especially in the

Now’s time for strategic fixes

Posted January 12, 2015 by Alan Essig

As published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution… [Read more]
For the first time in years, state leaders are sending signals before the January General Assembly that they might raise revenues to fix a challenge Georgia needs to address, in this case its neglected transportation system. A new legislative committee report outlines a menu

State Budget, Schools and Health Care Made for Lively GBPI Conference

Posted January 9, 2015 by John McCosh

State revenues are growing just enough for Georgia to do little more than tread water. Georgia lawmakers need to address hurdles that hinder the state’s schoolchildren, such as lack of funding and early childhood education. And a growing number of states are finding ways to close the health insurance coverage… [Read more]

Finding Our Way to Make Georgia Better

Posted December 22, 2014 by

[Read more]As the holidays approach, the GBPI team is busy putting the finishing touches on our 2015 policy conference, set for January 7. Georgia is not short on challenges in need of solutions.
Some big ones include the 140,000 middle class jobs lost to the recession that aren’t coming back. A

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Georgia Needs More than Just Roads to Prosperity

Posted December 19, 2014 by Claire Suggs

[Read more]I commute from Athens to Atlanta for work. It is not a pleasant drive, as anyone else who sits in traffic on I-85 or Ga. 316 can tell you. So I am happy legislators are talking about Georgia’s increasingly urgent transportation needs and exploring options to cover the cost of

Education Cuts are No Way to Fix Transportation

Posted December 16, 2014 by Alan Essig

[Read more]As the governor and General Assembly consider proposals to increase funding for transportation by $1 billion or more each year, they need to resist the urge to rob Peter to pay Paul. Several of the proposals floated so far either directly or indirectly raid the General Fund to pay for