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Georgia’s public schools are not fully funded. The General Assembly provided $1 billion less to school districts than the state’s own K-12 funding formula calculated they need to educate their students this year. A glance at the state’s budget for the funding formula, also known as the Quality… [Read more]
As you gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner this week, be aware that one in five of your fellow Georgians will probably sit down to a very modest spread.
That is because these Georgians depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP,” commonly called food stamps) to… [Read more]
The challenges Georgia workers face are well-documented in our 2013 State of Working Georgia Report. Lost wages, limited job opportunities, growth in low-wage jobs … these trends threaten the type of economic development and growth the state needs for a prosperous future. Subsidizing businesses isn’t the sole tenet… [Read more]
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s staff worked hard the past ten years to tell stories with numbers, showing Georgia what is possible. It is possible to improve our education system and lift Georgians out of poverty. It is within our reach to make health care accessible and affordable… [Read more]
Plans to drastically cut or abolish state income taxes and replace them with higher sales taxes are gaining traction in Georgia. Georgia’s seniors are more likely to be financially hurt by the proposed tax shift than younger people. Download the fact sheet.
Plans to drastically cut or abolish state income taxes and replace them with higher sales taxes are gaining traction in Georgia. These tax shift plans threaten to harm Georgia’s schoolchildren and university students because deep income tax cuts would likely lead to new rounds of state budget cuts, on top… [Read more]
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s Executive Director Alan Essig says the state should take a more business-like approach to decide whether corporate tax breaks are worthwhile in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-ed.
As published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
Georgia gives out hundreds of millions of dollars in business… [Read more]
As we move closer toward another legislative session and heated election season, Georgia’s economy is sure to become a hot topic. It’s innate to state politics for governors, legislators and candidates to make claims about whether jobs and businesses are growing and whether working families are making progress. Just… [Read more]
This summer the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute contacted superintendents from all 180 of the state’s school districts to ask about two dozen questions designed to reveal measures they’ve taken in the wake of years of state budget cuts.
One hundred forty districts completed the survey. Others were unable… [Read more]
A gathering of health care experts urged Georgia lawmakers to embrace Medicaid expansion Thursday at GBPI’s Fall Policy Forum, telling the audience of about 150 people the state stands to reap huge social and economic benefits in 2014.
It is important for Georgia to get past political considerations that… [Read more]