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.
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]
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.
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]
A seismic shift from incomes taxes to sales taxes would raise total state taxes for as many as four in five Georgia taxpayers, as explained in a Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) comprehensive report published this month.
How can cutting income taxes actually increase taxes on most families?… [Read more]
Proposals Would Hurt Families, Businesses, Communities and the Economy
Currently in vogue in several states, plans to drastically cut or abolish state income taxes and replace them with higher sales taxes are under discussion in Georgia. But these proposals would raise taxes on most Georgia families, harm businesses and communities… [Read more]
If Georgia expands Medicaid in 2014, nearly 25,000 uninsured veterans and 7,000 of their spouses could get health coverage. That could mean nearly 45 percent of Georgia’s uninsured veterans and more than one-quarter of their uninsured spouses could get health coverage. Download the fact sheet.
Georgia’s economy is adding jobs at a strong pace compared to other states, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only California and Florida added more jobs than Georgia in March and the state’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point since January… [Read more]
Unless the U.S. Congress acts soon, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) or “food stamp,” benefits will be cut for all participants this November. For a family of three, this will be about $29 a month. The reduction will fall especially hard on families with children receiving these benefits, dropping the… [Read more]
State officials claim Medicaid expansion is unaffordable by overstating the real cost of covering newly eligible Georgians. State estimates claim it will cost $4.5 billion to expand Medicaid. But the official estimate includes more than $2 billion of future costs that are not caused by Medicaid expansion. Removing cost increases… [Read more]