State Budget

Georgia Budget Primer 2016

August 5, 2015
Where does the money for Georgia’s $21.8 billion budget come from this year? How does the new transportation tax work? Is Georgia finally funding K-12 education at the level called for in its own formula? GBPI’s “Georgia Budget Primer 2016” answers these questions and many more in 44 pages designed… [Read more]

House Budget Squeezes Schools, Health Care Providers

February 27, 2015
The Georgia House of Representatives this week rearranged the state’s 2016 budget plan for education, health care and human services from the one the governor unveiled in January. The new version still does not include budget cuts required to pay for a pending plan to raise $1 billion for road… [Read more]

Overview: 2016 Fiscal Year for Department of Community Health

February 10, 2015
The governor’s proposed 2016 budget directs $2.45 billion to the Department of Community Health, not including money for agencies attached for administrative purposes. That is a $27.8 million decline from the 2015 budget approved last spring. The department operates nine programs, although more than 96 percent of general fund spending,… [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]

Overview: 2016 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

January 28, 2015
Still About $470 Million Short of Funding Formula The $8.49 billion for public schools in Governor Deal’s budget proposal shrinks some of the austerity cut in state K-12 funding. Districts that still furlough teachers and cut instructional days should get enough money to address both. However school districts will receive… [Read more]

Overview of Georgia’s 2016 Fiscal Year Budget

January 21, 2015
The $21.8 billion budget proposed for Georgia’s 2016 fiscal year projects revenue growth of about 4.2 percent in the state’s main account for services such as education and public safety, the general fund. That’s $834 million more than the recently revised 2015 revenue estimate. State revenues are above pre-recession levels,… [Read more]

Georgia Budget Primer 2015

August 6, 2014
GBPI is proud to publish the latest edition of our annual comprehensive analysis of the state’s financial blueprint, the “Georgia Budget Primer 2015.” This primer is a clear explanation of the state’s revenue collections and its current spending plan through next June. The 2015 edition tells the story of a… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Higher Education

January 29, 2014
Funding Inches Up, Gaps Persist Georgia’s proposed $1.94 billion budget for higher education in the 2015 fiscal year adds some much needed money for several key initiatives compared to the prior year. However most of the increase just keeps pace with growth and rising health care and retirement costs. This… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Business Subsidies

January 24, 2014
State Support for Private Sector Remains High Georgia plans to spend about $683 million on various tax breaks and economic development programs to subsidize private businesses in the upcoming 2015 fiscal year. This high level of support for Georgia’s private sector is an annual recurrence. Each year, state lawmakers spend… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

January 23, 2014
Budget Cuts for K-12 Shrink, but Still Loom Large The $7.95 billion budget proposal for public education in the state’s 2015 fiscal year makes a down payment to eliminate the austerity cut in state funding for schools. Most districts should be able to restore the school calendar to the 180-day… [Read more]