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Overview: Georgia’s 2015 Fiscal Year Human Services Budget

January 21, 2014

Strategic Additions Made to DHS Budget; Service Cuts Since Recession Retained
The governor’s $516.1 million budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year makes strategic additions to help protect Georgia’s children and adults, but falls far short of restoring funds to pre-recession levels. The state’s spending plan makes it somewhat easier… [Read more]

Recovery or Bust: Georgia’s Poor Left Behind

December 17, 2013

More Georgians are living on the desperate side of the federal poverty line than at any time in the state’s recent history. At the same time, pathways to exit poverty are increasingly blocked as the state failed to make strategic investments when needed.  America’s Great Recession – the country’s deepest… [Read more]

Georgians with Disabilities Miss Out on $92 Million in Federal Grants

October 10, 2013

As the number of Georgians with disabilities grew over the last four years, funding that could have helped prepare them for employment decreased. Drastic cuts to state investment in specialized job training, counseling and other vocational rehabilitation led Georgia to leave $92 million in federal funding on the table, enough… [Read more]

GBPI 2014 Primer: Human Services

July 9, 2013

Georgia’s spending to help children, the poor and seniors is overseen by the state Department of Human Services, which has a 2014 budget of $486 million, or about 3 percent of the total. Budget cuts in recent years have strained the state’s safety net designed to safeguard its most vulnerable… [Read more]

Overview: Georgia’s 2014 Fiscal Year Human Services

February 8, 2013

State Spending Cuts Borne Most Heavily by Most Vulnerable
The governor’s budget proposals for the next 17 months do not meet the growing needs of Georgia’s most vulnerable children and adults. In some cases they place them even more at risk. The state’s spending plans will make it more difficult… [Read more]

State of Working Georgia 2012

November 19, 2012

The State of Working Georgia brings together a wide range of data on jobs, incomes, poverty, health insurance, and other economic conditions to explore the most important question facing Georgia’s leaders: how are ordinary working Georgians, the engine behind the state’s economy, faring?  The report is produced annually and is… [Read more]

Georgia TANF Funds Sink to New Low

September 20, 2012

Despite the drop in federal TANF funds, Georgia policymakers continue to use federal TANF funds to replace state funds without regard to prioritizing state programs that directly promote family self-sufficiency.  For FY 2013, lawmakers allocated 43 percent of the federal TANF to satisfy TANF’s direct purposes, while 57 percent of… [Read more]

State of Working Georgia 2011

November 17, 2011

State of Working Georgia uses data on wages, jobs, unemployment and poverty to closely examine the effect of the economy on everyday Georgians. The report is produced annually, and is part of the State of Working America project from the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute.
This year’s State of Working Georgia… [Read more]

Georgia’s Decreasing TANF Funds: An Overview of the FY 2012 Allocation of TANF Funds in Georgia

June 22, 2011

Georgia has less available federal and state Maintenance of Effort (MOE) funds for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) due to a decreasing federal unobligated balance; cuts to the federal TANF Supplemental Grant; and, an increased reliance on private funds for TANF MOE. Download the[Read more]

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training – Georgia Primer

June 22, 2011

Georgia is poised to maximize its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training program, which will help more food stamp recipients gain skills to obtain and maintain employment. Download the PDF.