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Medicaid Expansion a Shot in the Arm for Coastal Georgia

September 8, 2014

About 50,000 uninsured Georgians in the 10-county Coastal Georgia region could get guaranteed health coverage if Georgia accepts new federal money to expand Medicaid eligibility. That is about half the area residents between 18 and 64 without health coverage in 2012, the last year of available data. It’s the third… [Read more]

The Schoolhouse Squeeze 2014

September 4, 2014

State Cuts, Lost Property Values Still Pinch School Districts
Georgia’s 180 school districts continue to face enormous financial pressures. The Georgia Legislature cut more than $8.4 billion in funding for public schools in recent years. At the same time, local funding for schools slipped precipitously following the plunge in property… [Read more]

State of Working Georgia 2014

August 27, 2014

Workers Squeezed by Tough Labor Market, Shrinking Paychecks
Georgia’s economy has improved markedly since the darkest days of the Great Recession, but workers and their families remain pinched from the lingering fallout. Unemployment remains high, wages are depressed and many workers are stuck in low-quality jobs. African-Americans and Georgians with… [Read more]

Georgia Budget Primer 2015

August 6, 2014

GBPI is proud to publish the latest edition of our annual comprehensive analysis of the state’s financial blueprint, the “Georgia Budget Primer 2015.”
This primer is a clear explanation of the state’s revenue collections and its current spending plan through next June. The 2015 edition tells the story of a… [Read more]

Bad Times for Good Jobs

July 17, 2014

Georgia’s Shrinking Middle Class Opportunity
A good-paying job is the cornerstone of a secure middle-class life, but Georgia’s private sector economy is failing to provide enough of them. Industries in Georgia that pay a middle-class wage suffered most during the Great Recession, and have come back more slowly than low-… [Read more]

Menu of Revenue Options to Pave Way for Georgia’s Rebound

June 26, 2014

Low Revenues Keeping Georgia on a Path to Mediocrity, 2014 Update
Georgia is one of the lowest-taxed states in the country, which prevents state and local governments from collecting the revenue they need to fully fund education, public services and other ingredients of economic success. But lawmakers can reverse these… [Read more]

At the Bottom of a Broken Ladder

June 19, 2014

A Profile of Georgia’s Low-Income Working Families
Nearly four in ten of Georgia’s working families with children are “low-income.”1  A low-income family of three with one child earns less than $36,960 per year. This could be the family of a cook at your favorite restaurant and a paraprofessional at your… [Read more]

Education Funding Overview

June 6, 2014

Presentation:  Claire Suggs, Senior Education Policy Analysts | June 6, 2014
Education Funding Overview… [Read more]

Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: 2014 Session Recap

May 28, 2014

Tax Measures Further Whittle Away Revenues
Revised May 28, 2014
A collection of tax measures that will drain up to $238 million from Georgia’s state treasury and $154 million from its local governments over the next five years were signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal this year. Although not… [Read more]

Georgia Still Climbing Out of Deep Economic Hole

May 8, 2014

State of Working Georgia:  Spring Update, 2014
Georgia continues to face serious economic challenges more than four years since the start of the national recovery, despite some gradual movement in the right direction. Companies are adding new jobs and unemployment is declining these days, but relatively modest growth is leaving… [Read more]