Funding Committee Comes up Short

November 4, 2015
A new school funding formula Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission is developing threatens to lock in deep cuts made under the existing formula if it becomes law. Most school districts get less money under the proposed formula this school year than if the General Assembly provided the full amount… [Read more]

School Districts Get Growing Tab for Student Transportation

October 27, 2015
Years of deep cuts in state student transportation funding saddle school districts with more of the cost to bus students to and from school safely. These ongoing cuts could be made permanent if Georgia lawmakers adopt a proposal for a new formula to distribute state money to districts. Georgia requires… [Read more]

A Tax Blueprint to Strengthen Georgia

October 21, 2015
Reforming Georgia’s rickety tax code is once again a hot topic among members of the General Assembly, and the question lawmakers must answer is how best to do it. The most prominent pending reform option would slash Georgia’s top personal income tax rate and try to make up the lost… [Read more]

Tax Shift Plans Chart Wrong Path to Reform

October 14, 2015
State legislators are likely to consider large-scale changes to Georgia’s tax system when they return to work in January 2016, and some ideas they’re poised to debate threaten serious harm to Georgia families and the state’s ability to maintain a strong economy and high quality of life. Read the full… [Read more]

Georgia’s Workforce Development, Economy Damaged by Barriers to Higher Education for Undocumented Students

September 29, 2015
New federal policy provides Georgia an opportunity to increase access to higher education for many young Georgia immigrants who are now eligible to work without threat of deportation. Current policies that prevent these potential students from paying in-state tuition rates or even from attending Georgia universities outright undercut the state’s… [Read more]

Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It

September 23, 2015
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Georgians for a Healthy Future today announce the joint release of  “Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It.” In this three-part booklet you will find infographics, new data and compelling charts that simplify the complex issue of Medicaid in Georgia.… [Read more]

Georgia’s Path to School Funding Reform Reaches Crossroads

September 16, 2015
Georgia’s effort to overhaul the formula it uses to split about $8.5 billion per year in state money among its 180 school districts is gaining momentum despite important omissions. A governor-appointed commission appears ready to adopt a new funding method that leaves issues critical to students’ success unaddressed. The plan… [Read more]

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]