A Bottom-Up Tax Cut to Build Georgia’s Middle Class

August 12, 2015
Building a better Georgia, with a strong economy and vibrant businesses, requires a more resilient middle class and more opportunities for working families to climb the economic ladder. One of the best tools to help ensure that Georgians broadly share in that prosperity is a state-level Earned Income Tax Credit… [Read more]

Improved Adult Education Support Critical to Georgia’s Bottom Line

August 6, 2015
Georgia’s economic well-being is threatened by the high numbers of adults without a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Development credential (GED®). Nearly 866,000 Georgians ages 18 to 64 do not have a high school diploma or GED. Georgia’s adult education programs served only about 60,600 adults in 2014.… [Read more]

Georgia Budget Primer 2016

August 5, 2015
Where does the money for Georgia’s $21.8 billion budget come from this year? How does the new transportation tax work? Is Georgia finally funding K-12 education at the level called for in its own formula? GBPI’s “Georgia Budget Primer 2016” answers these questions and many more in 44 pages designed… [Read more]

Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: Final 2015 Tax Recap

May 20, 2015
Governor Approves Big Transportation Package, Slew of Smaller Bills Gov. Nathan Deal approved several pieces of legislation that affect Georgia’s ability to meet its needs like roads and schools in future years.  Georgia’s House and Senate passed 11 different tax bills this year, and the governor approved 10 of them.… [Read more]

Child Care Assistance: Georgia’s Opportunity to Bolster Working Families, Economy

March 23, 2015
Georgia is now turning away people who apply for child care financial assistance through a state program designed to help low-income families due to worries the program itself could run short of money.  Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning said last Friday budget concerns are causing it to make… [Read more]

How to fix flawed “New Markets” Bill

March 19, 2015
The Georgia Senate is now considering House Bill 439, legislation supporters claim will help small businesses in low-income urban and rural areas. But the proposal is poorly designed and is unlikely to help Georgia businesses or the state’s economy. It creates an overly complex investment scheme that delivers tax credits… [Read more]

Opportunity School District Needs Transparency, Community Role

March 13, 2015
A new legislative proposal to create a statewide “Opportunity School District” aims to boost student achievement at Georgia’s most challenged schools. Close scrutiny of the measure is warranted before its proposed drastic and permanent remedies are passed into law. Georgia Senate Bill 133 sets out the parameters of Gov. Nathan… [Read more]

House Transportation Package Takes Promising Turn

March 13, 2015
House Bill 170 includes a number of provisions designed to generate additional revenues for improving Georgia’s gridlocked transportation system. The package that passed the Georgia House of Representatives on March 5, 2015 reforms Georgia’s gas tax, alters the way local governments apply sales taxes to motor fuel, creates new fees… [Read more]

“New Markets” Tax Credit is a Bad Investment

March 9, 2015
Bill Analysis: House Bill 439 (LC 37 1964ERS) House Bill 439 proposes a costly new tax break called the Georgia New Markets credit that would drain state coffers when lawmakers already struggle to find enough revenue for transportation, education and other vital needs. The goal of the credit is to… [Read more]

Health Plan Financial Challenges Remain if State Ends Coverage for Part-Time School Workers and Their Dependents

February 24, 2015
Georgia’s governor proposes in the 2016 fiscal year to eliminate State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) coverage for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and other “non-certified” school district employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week. This move could take insurance away from more than 21,000 people while leaving the… [Read more]