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]

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]

Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: 2014 Session Recap

April 11, 2014

Tax Measures Further Whittle Away Revenues
A collection of tax measures that could drain up to $286 million from Georgia’s state treasury and $207 million from its local governments over the next five years gained the approval of the General Assembly this year. Although not as large as some past… [Read more]

Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: Crossover Day 2014

March 12, 2014

Grab-bag of Tax Measures on the Table
A slew of bills with revenue implications for Georgia’s state and local governments are in the hands of state senators, after House members passed them before Crossover Day, March 3, 2014. The House passed nine relevant tax bills before the day when legislation… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Higher Education

January 29, 2014

Funding Inches Up, Gaps Persist
Georgia’s proposed $1.94 billion budget for higher education in the 2015 fiscal year adds some much needed money for several key initiatives compared to the prior year. However most of the increase just keeps pace with growth and rising health care and retirement costs. This… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Business Subsidies

January 24, 2014

State Support for Private Sector Remains High
Georgia plans to spend about $683 million on various tax breaks and economic development programs to subsidize private businesses in the upcoming 2015 fiscal year. This high level of support for Georgia’s private sector is an annual recurrence. Each year, state lawmakers spend… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year for Medicaid and PeachCare

January 22, 2014

The governor’s budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year adds a net increase of $143 million more than 2014 in new state money for Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs, which are administered by the Department of Community Health. The state plans to spend $2.9 billion to pay for health care… [Read more]