Education Reform Commission – Can We Talk About the Cost?

Posted May 27, 2015 by Claire Suggs

[Read more]The Education Reform Commission established by Gov. Nathan Deal spent a lot of time talking about money in recent months. Its members considered an alternative approach to distributing state funds that gives districts greater flexibility in using those dollars. They also discussed differences in students’ needs and changing how funds

Summer Brings Child Hunger Challenges

Posted May 26, 2015 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]It’s that time of year again. The school year is ending and Georgia children are leaving classrooms for summer break. For more than 1 million Georgia children who qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches, summer break also brings anxiety. Fewer than one in seven Georgia children who rely on subsidized

Tax Policy a Quality of Life Topic in 2015 and Beyond

Posted May 20, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Taxes are nobody’s favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more

Georgia’s Medicaid “Experiment” a Tepid Response to Coverage Gap

Posted May 15, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

State leaders at the Department of Community Health are reportedly working with a few Georgia hospitals… [Read more] to take advantage of language in the recently signed 2016 Georgia budget that allows the agency to seek a federal Medicaid waiver. The language included in the 2016 budget that authorizes the department to

Reworking QBE, Teacher Compensation Weighed by Education Reform Panel

Posted May 8, 2015 by Claire Suggs

The funding committee of the Education Reform Commission… [Read more] is considering big changes to teacher compensation as it moves rapidly to meet the governor’s August deadline to recommend a new formula to distribute state dollars to public schools. At its late April meeting committee members also considered ways to calculate base

Georgia Moms Earn It

Posted May 7, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Working moms are the bedrock of so many Georgia families. Between raising kids, contributing to their communities and holding down one or more jobs, moms put in a lot more than a full day’s work. That’s one of the many reasons we’ll especially celebrate them this Sunday, on Mother’s Day.

Latest Tuition Hike Clouds Goal to Increase Graduates

Posted May 1, 2015 by Claire Suggs

A college education in Georgia just got less affordable. Tuition is going up again in the wake of cuts in state funds… [Read more] for the university system. Families now earn less than 20 years ago. The HOPE Scholarship covers far less than it used to and many students do not receive

Low Pay Holds Georgia Back

Posted April 29, 2015 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]As published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution April 29, 2015
Kills jobs. Bad for business. Hurts the economy. Minimum wage detractors have pushed those arguments for decades and they’re common parlance among some legislators and lobbyists. But those claims are no truer than they were 50 years ago and ignore the

Mixed Bag for Georgians’ Health Care in 2015 Legislature

Posted April 27, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Georgia lawmakers left town earlier this month after producing a 2016 state spending plan that invests no more money overall for health care than the state did last year. Georgia ranks near the bottom of all states for health care investment and the consequences include hundreds of thousands of uninsured

Georgia’s 2016 Human Services Budget Reflects GBPI Influence

Posted April 21, 2015 by Melissa Johnson

[Read more]Georgia lawmakers took steps in the just-ended legislative session to improve the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable people. Lawmakers allotted $900,000 more in the 2016 state budget to help Georgians with disabilities prepare for jobs and added more than $25 million to better protect children. Also significant