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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]

Tax Shift Proposals Would Hurt Georgia Schools

November 18, 2013

Plans to drastically cut or abolish state income taxes and replace them with higher sales taxes are gaining traction in Georgia. These tax shift plans threaten to harm Georgia’s schoolchildren and university students because deep income tax cuts would likely lead to new rounds of state budget cuts, on top… [Read more]

Rural Georgians Stand to Benefit Most from Medicaid Expansion

November 1, 2013

More than 140,000 uninsured Georgians in rural communities could get health coverage through Medicaid in 2014 if Georgia expands eligibility. That is about half of all uninsured adults under 65 in Georgia’s 109 rural counties.  Download the fact sheet.… [Read more]

The Schoolhouse Squeeze Report Summary

September 17, 2013

State Cuts, Plunging Property Values Pinch School Districts
School districts across Georgia are relentlessly pressed by ongoing cuts in state funding and simultaneous declines in property values. “The Schoolhouse Squeeze,” a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, takes a fresh look at the convergence of shrinking state… [Read more]