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State Budget

 

 State Taxes

Georgia faces severe challenges as it struggles to recover from one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. High unemployment, years of budget cuts, and an outdated revenue system threaten the state’s ability to educate our children, provide health care for the elderly, and ensure the safety of our communities. Now more than ever a balanced approach to the state budget that includes revenue increases, rather than relying only on spending cuts, is crucial to investing in our state’s economy and getting Georgia back on track.

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Taxes are essential to ensuring Georgia can provide important services for its residents and to make strategic investments that promote job growth. Georgia’s tax system looks much the same today as when it was created in 1937 and has proven inadequate in meeting the needs of a growing, modern state.  Comprehensive tax reform is needed to make sure our tax is both competitive and adequate to make the investments needed to compete in a 21st century economy and ensure high quality of life for Georgia’s families.

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 Economic Security

 

 Education

Amid this difficult economy, Georgia must help families achieve economic security.  In the short term, that means helping struggling families keep food on the table and a roof overhead during these tough times.  It also means making sure parents have reliable child care so they can work.  At the same time, Georgia must invest in higher education, job training, and economic development to build a strong economy in the long run, and help families save money so they can get through tough times in the future.

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An educated population is essential for creating jobs and making sure Georgia is a good place to raise a family and operate a business. Georgia must face the challenge of ensuring that all kids graduate from high school prepared to compete for good jobs and ready to contribute to the state’s economic growth. It also means ensuring that all qualified students can afford college, even if they aren’t wealthy.

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 Health Care

 

 Federal Budget

Georgia’s health care system is not meeting the needs of its diverse and growing population. Nearly 2 million Georgians lack health coverage, and many more are at risk of losing coverage. Medicaid and PeachCare – crucial components of the state’s health care system – face funding shortfalls at the state level that put at risk quality health coverage for thousands of Georgia’s seniors, children, and people with disabilities. Maintaining – and even strengthening – Georgia’s investment in health care is critical to assuring that all Georgians have an opportunity to lead a healthy life.

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Challenges in Georgia’s state budget are compounded by decisions made at the federal level. While the president and Congress work to address the nation’s debt levels, there is a push to cut the federal budget and reform the tax system. Policy changes in Washington will have a direct impact on Georgians, as cuts in federal funding put at risk health care, education, public safety, and other state services we rely on.

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