Category: Taifa Smith Butler

When HOPE Falls Short, Georgia Loses

When I read more than 10,000 financially-strapped students were dropped off Georgia’s college rolls in the 2014-2015 school year in a report we published last week, I was reminded again how fortunate I was to get help based on my

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State Revenue Gain Offers Possibilities

As we near the close of the 2016 fiscal year, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The bad days of the Great Recession are distant in the rear view mirror as revenue growth remained strong all year long.  Georgia

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Healthier State Revenues Provide Opportunities

The welcome news is state tax revenues are up about 9.4 percent during the first three months of the 2016 fiscal year that started July 1. Georgia’s year-to-date collections total $5.13 billion, up $438.7 million, compared to $4.69 billion last

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GBPI Put its Stamp on 2015 Legislative Session

Georgia lawmakers left Atlanta early this month with significant accomplishments in hand and without approving some measures the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute flagged as troubling. Legislation to generate about $900 million more a year for transportation maintenance grabbed most

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