Policy Analyst, Worker Justice and Criminal Legal Systems

Ray Khalfani

Ray Khalfani is a policy analyst at GBPI, where he supports policy research under our Economic Opportunity portfolio, and helps coordinate PROSPER GA’s strategic communication and partnerships. Prior to joining GBPI in March 2020, Ray worked for U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson from 2009 to 2012, then for U.S Congressman David Scott from 2012 to 2018.

As a graduate student, he worked with the Government Accountability Office, analyzing the reliability and utility of GSA’s Publicly Available Federal Real Property database. Most recently, he worked as a graduate research fellow with the Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP), studying the intersectionality of economic mobility and rural-serving transportation programs.

Ray graduated from Georgia State University and holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Georgia

Recent Posts by Ray

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State of Working Georgia: Pandemic Job Numbers Show Ongoing Progress at the Surface, but Inequities Persist Below

Key Takeaways While March 2022 marked record low unemployment in Georgia at 3.1 percent, underlying inequities persist, as …

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Overview: 2023 Fiscal Year Budget for the Georgia Department of Labor

    The governor is requesting modest spending increases to the Department of Labor (DOL) to amend to …

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Overview: 2023 Fiscal Year Budget for the Georgia Department of Corrections

    For Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, Gov. Brian Kemp proposed a $1.27 billion budget for the Georgia …

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Unjust Revenue from an Imbalanced Criminal Legal System: How Georgia’s Fines and Fees Worsen Racial Inequity

Key Takeaways: Georgia’s poor governance of fines and fees revenue practices has allowed many economically underperforming localities to …

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Risk without Reward: Georgia Workers Deserve Better

Key Takeaways This Labor Day offers an opportunity to recalibrate our policy approach to better protect labor in …

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Why Scaling Back Unemployment Insurance Could Harm Recovery

Key Takeaways: Georgia is three days away from prematurely cutting pandemic unemployment insurance (UI). The changes will harm …

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State of Working Georgia: Pandemic Job Numbers Are Improving, But Inequitably

Key Takeaways: Nearly 60 percent of Georgia’s pre-pandemic labor force have turned to the unemployment safety net at …

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Overview: 2022 Fiscal Year Budget for the Georgia Department of Corrections

    For Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, Gov. Brian Kemp proposed a $1.12 billion budget for the Georgia …

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Beyond the Unemployment Rate: You Can’t Tell the Whole Truth with Half of the Data

Key Takeaways: The unemployment rate, labor force participation rate (LFPR), employment to population rate (EPOP) and underemployment rate …

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State of Working Georgia in the COVID-19 Crisis

Nearly two and a half months into the nationwide crisis responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, recent economic data …

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State of Working Georgia Before and During COVID-19

This blog was co-authored by Senior Policy Analyst Alex Camardelle and Research Associate Ray Khalfani On March 13, …

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