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Lawmakers Reject Major Tax Cuts, OK Modest Tax Breaks

May 6, 2016
Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: 2016 Legislative Session Recap Gov. Nathan Deal just signed into law several pieces of tax legislation state lawmakers passed in the 2016 session that will affect state revenue to varying degrees for years. One of the bills is a housekeeping measure Georgia must pass each… [Read more]

Tax Credit for Contributions to Rural Hospitals: Updated Bill Analysis

March 10, 2016
The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a $100 million tax credit program for individual and corporate donations to hospitals in rural or nearly-rural Georgia communities. House Bill 919 is designed to create private investment incentives for rural hospitals to help shore up their finances. The flawed legislation contains very… [Read more]

Adding Up 2016: Tax Breaks, Income Tax Cuts Could Harm Georgia Finances

March 9, 2016
A variety of tax bills await further consideration by state legislators as the Georgia General Assembly enters its final few weeks of the 2016 session. There are 11 tax bills affecting state revenues still alive after Crossover Day, the point where bills must clear at least one legislative chamber to… [Read more]

Senate Resolution 756 threatens to disrupt Georgia’s long-term finances

February 26, 2016
Senate Resolution 756 threatens to undermine Georgia’s ability to remain an attractive state for families and businesses. Passing the amendment creates a rigid formula in Georgia’s constitution that inflicts a series of never-ending automatic revenue cuts based on arbitrary targets. This formula is harmful to Georgia’s growth, especially if coupled… [Read more]

Slashing Income Tax Delivers Meager Benefit to Most, Jeopardizes Public Services

February 26, 2016
Bill Analysis: House Bill 238 (LC 34 4895S) Georgia lawmakers are considering a pair of proposals that offer a miniscule tax cut to the majority of Georgia families and a massive benefit to the highest-income individuals who need it least, while jeopardizing lawmakers’ ability to meet the needs of a… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for Higher Education

February 17, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget of $2.47 billion for the state’s two postsecondary systems includes money intended to help increase faculty salaries, which trail those of competing neighbor states. Still, state spending per student in the university system remains far below earlier years, continuing the financial pressures that yielded tuition… [Read more]

Another Tax Credit for Private School Scholarships

February 16, 2016
Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to create a new tax credit for individuals and corporations that donate to organizations that provide scholarships to K-12 students from low-income families to attend private schools. The proposal, House Bill 865, would establish the Building Educational Success Together (BEST) program, which allows for $25… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for Human Services

February 11, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed $634 million Department of Human Services budget for the 2017 fiscal year marks a clear change in direction after years of cuts and public criticism of the agency’s ability to protect and assist Georgia’s most vulnerable children and families. The spending plan adds substantial money for… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Fiscal Year Budget for Lottery-Funded Programs

February 4, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed budget of nearly $1.05 billion for the state’s lottery-funded programs adds money for needed enhancements to the Pre-Kindergarten program and financial aid for technical college students but falls short of meeting many families’ needs. The nearly $358 million allotted for Pre-K provides money to raise teachers’… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Budget for Department of Community Health

February 2, 2016
The proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 directs $2.59 billion from the general fund to the Department of Community Health, excluding money for attached agencies. This is an increase of $157 million, or 6.5 percent, compared to the 2016 budget, though $46.5 million of that… [Read more]