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Economic Security

Better Investments Needed to Close Georgia’s Child Hunger Gap

June 24, 2016
When the final bells ring and students pour out of schools for the summer, some set their sights on beach trips, lazy days playing in backyard sprinklers and summer camps with friends. But for hundreds of thousands of Georgia schoolchildren, figuring out where their next meal will come from is… [Read more]

New Overtime Rules a Win for Georgia’s Middle Class

May 20, 2016
As many as half a million Georgia workers stand to gain from a long-overdue update to the nation’s system for overtime pay announced by the U.S. Department of Labor this week. The new benchmark nearly doubles the annual pay salaried workers can earn and still be eligible for overtime pay,… [Read more]

TANF Time Limits Undercut Workforce Development

March 17, 2016
This week Georgia legislators in the House Health and Human Services Committee moved to rend the state’s frayed safety net, narrowly approving a measure to cut lifetime eligibility for cash assistance 25 percent. If Senate Bill 389 passes, Georgia parents could only receive cash aid from the Temporary Assistance for… [Read more]

Drivers’ ID Bill Would Squander Big Bucks to Target Immigrants

February 26, 2016
A Senate bill threatens to spend hundreds of thousands of Georgia taxpayer dollars to compel work-eligible immigrants to carry both a drivers’ privilege card and a special identification card. If this bill passes, Georgia is obligated to waste effort and expense to address unproven problems while it further stigmatizes immigrants.… [Read more]

Bill Aims at Nonexistent Problem to Target Georgia’s Poor

February 19, 2016
Georgia House Bill 1006 proposes to rip another hole in the state’s frayed safety net, cutting lifetime eligibility for cash assistance for the poorest of Georgia’s poor by 75 percent. Lawmakers assigned the bill to the House Health and Human Services Committee this week. At stake: Georgia parents could only… [Read more]

State Minimum Wage Hearing Testimony, Feb. 11, 2016

February 12, 2016
These written remarks in support of a higher state minimum wage reflect the full version of the abbreviated testimony provided by GBPI’s Wesley Tharpe at the Feb. 11, 2016 meeting of the Georgia Senate Insurance and Labor Committee. Thank you Mr. Chairman, members of the committee. My name is Wesley… [Read more]

Services for Georgia’s Vulnerable Lifted but Challenges Remain

February 11, 2016
The evening news confronts us with the plight of Georgia’s most vulnerable people almost nightly, the fragile children, older adults and people living in poverty. The crafting of the state budget is one of few opportunities during the year for lawmakers to spell out concrete steps to protect and assist… [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]

Better Pay for Honest Work Brief

February 9, 2016
Download our latest brief on the state minimum wage and expanding Georgia’s middle class. In two pages, this document outlines how raising Georgia’s minimum wage can strengthen the state’s economy. Download PDF.… [Read more]

Untapped Potential

January 15, 2016
Georgia is missing out on key opportunities to strengthen its workforce because it does not fully leverage the potential of safety net programs Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T). Read the full report.… [Read more]