Category: Blog

Testimony on Senate Bill 47

Dear Chairman Payne and Members of the Georgia Senate Committee on Education and Youth:  By way of introduction my name is Stephen Owens, and I’m a senior K-12 education policy analyst for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. It is always my desire to give testimony in-person, but as

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Resources on School Vouchers

Current Status: This session lawmakers have considered House Bill 60, House Bill 142 and Senate Bill 47, three bills that would enact or expand voucher programs to take hundreds of millions of dollars of state money away from public schools

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To A Healthy, Prosperous New Year

Today marks the end of 2020, and I know we all are breathing a sigh of relief as 2021 is a sunrise away. As I reflect on this past year and everything that has tested us, feelings of fear, loss

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State of Working Georgia: 2020 COVID Crisis Year-End Review

Key Takeaways: Over 4.1 million Georgians have filed for unemployment benefits since the COVID pandemic began. Black Georgians filed 25 percent fewer claims than white, Asian and Hispanic/Latinx Georgians combined in April; by November, Black Georgians filed 71 percent more

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2021 Policy Priorities

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s goal is to shine a light on people-first policies that help all Georgians share in the state’s prosperity. These are the policy priorities GBPI will track during 2021. Many are part of our People-Powered Prosperity campaign.

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New Poll Shows Georgians Support People-First Policies

GBPI launched People-Powered Prosperity (PPP) in 2018 with a foundational research report that laid out policies Georgia lawmakers could implement to help everyone across the state thrive, as well as how the state could responsibly pay for programs and services

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The Future of People-Powered Prosperity

The People-Powered Prosperity (PPP) campaign details a vision where all Georgians can prosper—and outlines options to responsibly fund the programs necessary to power economic growth in our state. This campaign proposes commonsense solutions to advance health communities, thriving families, a

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Worker Power Key to a Better Balance in Georgia

CW: To highlight the racist roots of right-to-work laws, this piece quotes racist statements proponents of the policy have made. Key Takeaways: This Labor Day, we are reminded that there are still anti-labor policies on the books in Georgia that

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