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Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for Lottery-Funded Programs

February 4, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget of nearly $1.05 billion for the state’s lottery-funded programs adds money for needed enhancements to the Pre-Kindergarten program and financial aid for technical college students but falls short of meeting many families’ needs. The nearly $358 million allotted for Pre-K provides money to raise teachers’… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Budget for Department of Community Health

February 2, 2016
The proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 directs $2.59 billion from the general fund to the Department of Community Health, excluding money for attached agencies. This is an increase of $157 million, or 6.5 percent, compared to the 2016 budget, though $46.5 million of that… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

January 27, 2016
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 proposal reduces the austerity cut in state K-12 funding imposed on school districts by $300 million, which leaves a cut of about $166 million… [Read more]

Overview of Georgia’s 2017 Fiscal Year Budget

January 20, 2016
The $23.7 billion state budget proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal for the 2017 fiscal year represents a high water mark for state spending in a single year. The governor proposes a $1.9 billion increase in total state spending compared to the 2016 budget, but only returns overall state spending to… [Read more]

Funding Committee Comes up Short

November 4, 2015
A new school funding formula Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission is developing threatens to lock in deep cuts made under the existing formula if it becomes law. Most school districts get less money under the proposed formula this school year than if the General Assembly provided the full amount… [Read more]

School Districts Get Growing Tab for Student Transportation

October 27, 2015
Years of deep cuts in state student transportation funding saddle school districts with more of the cost to bus students to and from school safely. These ongoing cuts could be made permanent if Georgia lawmakers adopt a proposal for a new formula to distribute state money to districts. Georgia requires… [Read more]

A Tax Blueprint to Strengthen Georgia

October 21, 2015
Reforming Georgia’s rickety tax code is once again a hot topic among members of the General Assembly, and the question lawmakers must answer is how best to do it. The most prominent pending reform option would slash Georgia’s top personal income tax rate and try to make up the lost… [Read more]

Tax Shift Plans Chart Wrong Path to Reform

October 14, 2015
State legislators are likely to consider large-scale changes to Georgia’s tax system when they return to work in January 2016, and some ideas they’re poised to debate threaten serious harm to Georgia families and the state’s ability to maintain a strong economy and high quality of life. Read the full… [Read more]

Georgia’s Workforce Development, Economy Damaged by Barriers to Higher Education for Undocumented Students

September 29, 2015
New federal policy provides Georgia an opportunity to increase access to higher education for many young Georgia immigrants who are now eligible to work without threat of deportation. Current policies that prevent these potential students from paying in-state tuition rates or even from attending Georgia universities outright undercut the state’s… [Read more]

Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It

September 23, 2015
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Georgians for a Healthy Future today announce the joint release of  “Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It.” In this three-part booklet you will find infographics, new data and compelling charts that simplify the complex issue of Medicaid in Georgia.… [Read more]