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Economic Security

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]

Immigrants Help Chart Georgia’s Course to Prosperity

December 16, 2015
Georgia transformed over the past few decades as immigrants from around the world brought new workers, new entrepreneurs and new taxpayers. Nearly one in 10 Georgians today was born outside of the United States and one in five Georgians under the age of 18 has at least one immigrant parent.… [Read more]

Child Care Assistance: Georgia’s Opportunity to Bolster Working Families, Economy

March 23, 2015
Georgia is now turning away people who apply for child care financial assistance through a state program designed to help low-income families due to worries the program itself could run short of money.  Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning said last Friday budget concerns are causing it to make… [Read more]

Overview of Georgia’s 2016 Fiscal Year Human Services Budget

February 3, 2015
More for Child Welfare, but Other Services Still in Need The governor’s $547 million human services budget proposed for the 2016 fiscal year makes strategic additions to help protect Georgia’s children and adults, but falls short of meeting the many different needs of its growing population. The spending plan promises… [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]

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]