New Overtime Rules a Win for Georgia’s Middle Class

Posted May 20, 2016 by Wesley Tharpe
As many as half a million Georgia workers stand to gain from a long-overdue update to the nation’s system for overtime pay announced by the U.S. Department of Labor this week. The new benchmark nearly doubles the annual pay salaried workers can earn and still be eligible for overtime pay,… [Read more]

More Needed for Schools, Health Care After $23.7B Budget Kicks in July 1

Posted May 10, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
Gov. Nathan Deal  just signed the state’s budget for the 2017 fiscal year that kicks in this July and once again we heard that the $23.7 billion spending plan represents a “record budget.”  While the recently signed budget promises to move the state forward in many ways, it is important… [Read more]

Georgia Misses Big Opportunity to Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

Posted April 22, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
First published in the SW Georgia Health Beat on page 23. The good news is Georgia lawmakers understand something must be done to help the state’s struggling rural hospitals. Calhoun Memorial Hospital closed in Arlington in recent years, as did Flint River Hospital in Macon County and too many others… [Read more]

Georgia Work Credit Could Get Families a Better Deal at Tax Time

Posted April 18, 2016 by Wesley Tharpe
As Georgians put the finishing touches on their returns to meet today’s income tax filing deadline, one benefit many are missing out on is a tax credit that states can offer to help average families get a fair deal. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia provide taxpayers with a… [Read more]

Georgia’s Tuition Equity Opportunity Will Survive U.S. Supreme Court Case

Posted April 15, 2016 by Melissa Johnson
Georgia leaders debated for years whether the state should allow young immigrants to pay in-state college tuition if they are eligible to work without threat of deportation. Monday the U.S Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in an important immigration case that could bring new clarity to the extent… [Read more]

Lawmakers Made Small Progress, Avoided Big Budget Mistakes

Posted April 11, 2016 by Taifa Smith Butler
As Published in the AJC Former drug offenders and their families who struggle financially could get better access to nutrition assistance to help them on a path to a lawful, productive life. Some financially struggling rural hospitals stand to get a cash infusion, although the remedy that emerged from the… [Read more]

Lawmakers Miss on Health Care, Education, but Leave Flawed Tax Plan Behind

Posted April 1, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
Soon after the traditional paper storm settled on the 2016 legislative session Gov. Nathan Deal’s swift veto of the so-called religious liberty bill grabbed the headlines. It’s understandable if you lost track of the fate of other important legislation at the end of the whirlwind 2016 session. While social issues… [Read more]

Lawmakers Wise to Reject Reckless Income Tax Measures

Posted March 25, 2016 by Wesley Tharpe

A post-midnight Sine Die closed the 2016 session and GBPI analysts were on hand. A plan to slash the state’s income tax wound up on the cutting room floor, the fate our research showed it deserved. Read more.

TANF Time Limits Undercut Workforce Development

Posted March 17, 2016 by Melissa Johnson
This week Georgia legislators in the House Health and Human Services Committee moved to rend the state’s frayed safety net, narrowly approving a measure to cut lifetime eligibility for cash assistance 25 percent. If Senate Bill 389 passes, Georgia parents could only receive cash aid from the Temporary Assistance for… [Read more]

Income Tax Legislation Threatens Georgia’s Stellar Bond Rating

Posted March 14, 2016 by
Managing Georgia’s finances in a responsible way is one of the most sober and sacred responsibilities of state lawmakers. Families and businesses in Georgia’s largest cities and smallest towns can’t thrive unless lawmakers are able to raise sufficient tax revenue, or to borrow money at decent rates. Our elected state… [Read more]