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Though still not firing on all cylinders, Georgia’s economy has created jobs at a comparatively strong pace over the past few months, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Georgia’s rate of job growth has exceeded the national average over the past 12 months, and only… [Read more]
A look at job growth in Georgia finds the last few months have been the strongest stretch of growth since the start of the Great Recession in December 2007. Though job creation ticked above the national average over the past six months, Georgia was among the hardest hit states by… [Read more]
The TANF federal allocation, which states receive each federal fiscal year (October – September) has several components. For Georgia, the relevant components are the TANF Federal Block Grant and the TANF Supplemental Grant. Although Congress extends the TANF program, without the TANF Supplemental Grant, Georgia loses $37.3 million federal funds.… [Read more]
Examining HOPE awards across household incomes, by institution, and factoring in tuition costs provides a telling picture of the distribution of HOPE dollars.
The majority of HOPE awards go to students from households with incomes of $100,000 or less. However, a disproportionate share of HOPE dollars fund scholarships for students… [Read more]
House Bill 993 would make two changes to Georgia tax law. It would require certain Georgia retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made via the Internet and reinstate Georgia’s sales tax holiday for 2012 and 2013.
This bill analysis highlights the key changes HB 993 proposes to Georiga tax law,… [Read more]
House Bill 824 Makes Changes to Georgia’s K-12 Education Equalization Program
House Bill 824 (HB 824) makes changes to the state’s K-12 education Equalization Program, which provides state funding to low-wealth school systems across Georgia. Proposed changes in HB 824 improve the program by shifting a larger portion of equalization… [Read more]
House Bill 868 is the first bill to drop as part of a package of proposals in the final report of Governor Deal’s Competitiveness Council. Following the report’s recommendations, the bill would revise two of Georgia’s tax incentives for private sector hiring—the Jobs Tax Credit and Quality Jobs Tax Credit.… [Read more]
As Congress finalizes the extension of the TANF program for the remainder of FFY 2012 (ending September 30, 2012), it can restore the TANF Supplemental Grant. In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011, Congress did not fully fund the TANF Supplemental Grant for the first time. Georgia received $12.7 million less,… [Read more]