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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]

Tax Facts: Georgia Gives Up Billions through the Tax Code

January 27, 2015
Georgia foregoes billions of dollars in state revenue each year through dozens of credits, deductions and other special preferences called tax expenditures. As with spending items in the state’s annual budget, tax expenditures are supposed to promote policy priorities that can range from economic development to support for working families.… [Read more]

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]

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]

HOPE Scholars Pick Up Increasing Share of College Costs

May 1, 2014
Students from low- or moderate-income families must clear ever-higher financial hurdles to complete a postsecondary program in Georgia. The HOPE Scholarship will cover 59 percent of tuition and mandatory fees at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the next school year and 62 percent at the University of Georgia. This… [Read more]

Medicaid Expansion Could Cover at Least Half of Working Age Adults in Most Georgia Counties

February 21, 2014
If you are an uninsured person who lives in Bibb County and earns less than $16,100, or are in a family of that makes less than $27,300 a year, you and about 52 percent of county residents like you could be eligible for Medicaid under new expansion guidelines. That’s if… [Read more]

Sales Tax Flexibility Not Enough to Solve Georgia’s School Funding Crisis

February 19, 2014
Bill Analysis: House Resolution 1109 and House Bill 802 The General Assembly is considering putting a constitutional amendment to a statewide vote to give school districts greater flexibility to spend sales tax money. Districts continue to struggle financially due to ongoing cuts in state funding, including an austerity cut of… [Read more]

Adding Up the Net Cost of Medicaid Expansion – $353 Million for 10 Years

February 18, 2014
If Georgia expands Medicaid today, more than $33 billion of new federal funding will flow to the state over the next 10 years, which would generate about $1.8 billion in new state revenue during the decade, according to forecasts from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office and a recent Georgia State University… [Read more]

Tax Resolutions Could Put Georgia Lawmakers in a Bind

February 5, 2014
Bill Analysis: Senate Resolution 415 Georgia legislators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would limit the state’s ability to adequately meet the needs of its people in the future. The proposal, Senate Resolution 415, would call for a referendum to create a permanent income tax cap in the state Constitution.… [Read more]

Tax Shift Could Hit Most Georgia Seniors with a Tax Increase

November 19, 2013
Plans to drastically cut or abolish state income taxes and replace them with higher sales taxes are gaining traction in Georgia. Georgia’s seniors are more likely to be financially hurt by the proposed tax shift than younger people.  Download the fact sheet.[Read more]