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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]
Georgia’s state senators continue to usher a proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year through the legislative process at a record pace. Senators approved their version of HB 744, better known as the state budget, on March 6, 2014 the thirty-third day of this year’s legislative session. The budget… [Read more]
On its face, Senate Bill 167 aims to give parents and grandparents a greater voice in what is taught in Georgia’s schools. However, the bill does much more than this. It restricts future decisions about content standards and creates inflexible requirements for data use and storage. Meeting these… [Read more]
Who says Georgia can’t have first-rate schools, a quality health care system and a public safety net that offers support to some of the most vulnerable Georgians? Some state leaders who oppose Medicaid expansion in Georgia, that’s who.
Bills to make Medicaid expansion more difficult are rushing through the… [Read more]
Representatives in the Georgia House are considering a proposal to start “suspicion-based” drug testing for people who receive public assistance. If House Bill 772 becomes law, applicants for benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)… [Read more]
State lawmakers are considering a bill to extend Georgia’s annual sales tax holidays for another two years, which is regrettable. Experts from across the ideological spectrum agree: sales tax holidays might be good politics, but they are bad policy.
State sales tax holidays allow consumers to purchase certain items… [Read more]
It’s frustrating to hear the cost-effectiveness of Georgia’s existing Medicaid program bashed as opponents of eligibility expansion stretch for reasons to justify legislation rushing through the General Assembly this year.
Georgia gets a great value from its investment in Medicaid and PeachCare. The two programs will combine to provide… [Read more]
Forty-one percent of Georgia’s low-income working families are headed by women and 46 percent of these mothers have no college education according to a new report by the Working Poor Families Project. Georgia was home to 402,000 low-income working families with children in 2012, the most recent figures… [Read more]