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State Taxes

Tax Plan Needs Course Correction

February 4, 2015

House Transportation Package Leaves out New Revenues, Could Harm Key Services
Georgia needs a sustained commitment to transportation that includes new revenues or it will struggle to thrive in the 21st century. A funding proposal unveiled by House legislative leaders in January 2015 includes some reasonable reforms of Georgia’s gas… [Read more]

Tax Facts: Georgia Gives Up Billions through the Tax Code

January 27, 2015

Georgia foregoes billions of dollars in state revenue each year through dozens of credits, deductions and other special preferences called tax expenditures. As with spending items in the state’s annual budget, tax expenditures are supposed to promote policy priorities that can range from economic development to support for working families.… [Read more]

Menu of Revenue Options to Pave Way for Georgia’s Rebound

June 26, 2014

Low Revenues Keeping Georgia on a Path to Mediocrity, 2014 Update
Georgia is one of the lowest-taxed states in the country, which prevents state and local governments from collecting the revenue they need to fully fund education, public services and other ingredients of economic success. But lawmakers can reverse these… [Read more]

Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: 2014 Session Recap

May 28, 2014

Tax Measures Further Whittle Away Revenues
Revised May 28, 2014
A collection of tax measures that will drain up to $238 million from Georgia’s state treasury and $154 million from its local governments over the next five years were signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal this year. Although not… [Read more]

Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: 2014 Session Recap

April 11, 2014

Tax Measures Further Whittle Away Revenues
A collection of tax measures that could drain up to $286 million from Georgia’s state treasury and $207 million from its local governments over the next five years gained the approval of the General Assembly this year. Although not as large as some past… [Read more]

Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: Crossover Day 2014

March 12, 2014

Grab-bag of Tax Measures on the Table
A slew of bills with revenue implications for Georgia’s state and local governments are in the hands of state senators, after House members passed them before Crossover Day, March 3, 2014. The House passed nine relevant tax bills before the day when legislation… [Read more]

Tax Resolutions Could Put Georgia Lawmakers in a Bind

February 5, 2014

Bill Analysis: Senate Resolution 415
Georgia legislators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would limit the state’s ability to adequately meet the needs of its people in the future. The proposal, Senate Resolution 415, would call for a referendum to create a permanent income tax cap in the state Constitution.… [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]

How Tax Shift Plans Raise Taxes on Most Families

August 13, 2013

A seismic shift from incomes taxes to sales taxes would raise total state taxes for as many as four in five Georgia taxpayers, as explained in a Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) comprehensive report… [Read more] published this month.
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Tax Shift Plans Threaten Georgia’s Future

August 7, 2013

Proposals Would Hurt Families, Businesses, Communities and the Economy
Currently in vogue in several states, plans to drastically cut or abolish state income taxes and replace them with higher sales taxes are under discussion in Georgia. But these proposals would raise taxes on most Georgia families, harm businesses and communities… [Read more]