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Radical Tax Policies in Kansas Offer Georgia a Cautionary Tale

Posted April 24, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

Trimming Georgia’s income tax rate is a hot topic of late and will likely be debated during the 2014 election season and next year’s General Assembly. But a recently released report by the nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) about what is happening in… [Read more]

Needy Georgians may go hungry

Posted April 18, 2014 by Melissa Johnson

As published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on April 18, 2014.
The state’s chronic underfunding of its human service agency is provoking the threat of a federal crackdown, as its food stamp program isn’t keeping up with the increase in Georgians eligible for benefits following the Great Recession.
Food… [Read more]

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]