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Economic Security

Georgia Budget Primer 2017

July 19, 2016
Where does the money for Georgia’s $23.7 billion budget come from this year? How has the new transportation funding package affected state revenue? Is Georgia finally funding K-12 education at the level called for in its own formula? GBPI’s “Georgia Budget Primer 2017” answers these questions and many more in… [Read more]

Georgia Families Need State to Support New Child Care Plan

July 14, 2016
Georgia’s new and improved plan to expand access to quality child care for families earning low incomes took effect in June. The state’s 2017 budget for the fiscal year that starts this month, however, is $103 million short of what’s needed to implement the plan according to a new GBPI [Read more]

Help Needed to Meet Georgia’s Laudable Child Care Goals

July 14, 2016
Georgia’s plan to expand access to quality child care for families earning low incomes became effective this June, but the state budget that takes effect this month is $103 million short of what’s needed to implement the plan. A proposal approved by federal regulators includes increased income eligibility limits, lowered… [Read more]

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]