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Georgia Lawmakers Can Still Create Opportunity for State’s Young Immigrants

Posted February 5, 2016 by Melissa Johnson
The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday against a group of young immigrants seeking in-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities. The court’s ruling leaves the option for Georgia lawmakers to allow young immigrants to pay in-state tuition if they are eligible to work without threat of deportation. The court… [Read more]

Pre-K and HOPE Rebound in 2017 Budget, Still Room to Improve

Posted February 4, 2016 by Claire Suggs
The nearly $1.05 billion for lottery-funded programs in Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget adds money to increase Pre-Kindergarten teachers’ salaries and expands a grant program for technical college students. These are helpful steps to improve the quality of the Pre-K program and make college more affordable for some students. But… [Read more]

New State Health Budget Traps 300K Georgians in Coverage Gap

Posted February 2, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The proposed 2017 budget for the Department of Community Health directs $2.5 billion from the state general fund to operate Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs, which are expected to cover more than 2 million Georgians next year. The budget adds money to pay for new enrollees and higher health care… [Read more]

EITC Day 2016 Highlights

Posted February 1, 2016 by
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a successful federal tax credit and powerful tool to support working families struggling to make ends meet. Georgia has a golden opportunity to strengthen working families, support small businesses and boost local economies with a state EITC. EITC Awareness Day was Friday, Jan.… [Read more]

Georgia’s Golden Opportunity to Strengthen Pro-Work Tax Credit

Posted January 28, 2016 by Wesley Tharpe
The federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC for short, is widely viewed as a triumph of sound public policy. Available to Americans since 1975 and expanded by presidents from both parties, the EITC provides an extra boost to families of modest means who are trying to work their way… [Read more]

State Education Cuts Still Linger for School Districts

Posted January 27, 2016 by Claire Suggs
The $8.92 billion for Georgia’s 180 public school districts in Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2017 budget proposal represents a $415.9 million increase above the 2016 budget. The good news is the proposal reduces the austerity cut in state K-12 funding imposed on school districts by $300 million. The not as good… [Read more]

Deliberate Approach to Education Change is Best

Posted January 26, 2016 by Taifa Smith Butler
Watching my 12-year-old middle schooler complete her science study guide this month literally brings home how critical this moment is for the future of education for all of Georgia’s children.  Is Georgia investing enough in her school, her education so that she can reach her potential? Gov. Nathan Deal and… [Read more]

Record State Budget Still Reflects Austere Approach

Posted January 20, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
You’ve no doubt heard reports that the $23.7 billion state budget proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal for the 2017 fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 represents a high water mark for state spending in a single year. It’s true that a healthier economy, population growth in Georgia and the willingness… [Read more]

Georgia Missing Opportunity to Strengthen Workforce

Posted January 15, 2016 by Melissa Johnson
While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state’s workers are trained for so-called middle-skill jobs. Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. A new Georgia Budget and… [Read more]

Get education, health care right to build Georgia’s prosperity

Posted January 11, 2016 by Taifa Smith Butler
This op-ed was first published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Jan. 10, 2016. Education and health care spending amount to about three quarters of the state budget Georgia lawmakers are set to shape when they return to the Gold Dome this week. Before the 40-day session ends at the outset of… [Read more]