People-Powered Prosperity

People-Powered Prosperity

It is clearer than ever before that our state’s economy is not inclusive of every Georgian–and our entire state suffers as a result. People-Powered Prosperity details a vision for how state lawmakers can pursue strategies to help Georgians recover and thrive, as well as how the state can responsibly pay for the services our families rely on.

Our state boasts a successful business community and an attractive place to work, but problems and barriers across Georgia persist, including poverty, sky-high costs for college and child care, the maternal mortality crisis and inequities among women and people of color. These problems existed before COVID-19, but the pandemic has underscored them. Recovery is only possible if we invest in every Georgian and ensure no one is left out.

This campaign offers policy solutions to these issues and explains how Georgia can fund statewide prosperity.

The Roadmap to People-Powered Prosperity Runs Through Four Key Pillars

Georgia Can Afford an Ambitious Investment in its People

Fully funding our state’s shared priorities requires balancing Georgia’s state budget with sustainable revenue sources that fairly tax residents across the state. It is also important to reverse tax policies that cause the lowest-income families to pay the highest percentage of their earnings in state and local taxes and to make certain that the state avoids costly and inefficient loopholes or unnecessary tax breaks.

By modernizing the state’s tax code and implementing common-sense policies with demonstrated success in other states across the nation, Georgia’s leaders can both increase the state’s ability to fund its priorities and more equitably tax households. In order to achieve this goal, state leaders can:

  • Preserve and strengthen the income tax for households and corporations by defending against cuts that largely benefit top earners and scaling back the double deduction to stabilize revenues and recover quickly during times of economic downtown
  • Evaluate tax breaks for big business in order to trim back those that do not deliver enough benefit to offset the state’s lost revenue
  • Increase the cigarette tax to the national average in order to raise over $500 million in annual revenues while discouraging tobacco use
  • Extend the sales tax to cover all online purchases and some services

Recent Work

UIblog Alex Camardelle

COVID-19 Update: State and Federal Unemployment Insurance Changes in Georgia

Unemployment insurance (UI) provides compensation to workers recently laid off due to no fault of their own. Georgia …

a-8 Coronavirus

Georgia Seeks New Medicaid Changes in Response to COVID-19

  On March 28, 2020, the Georgia Department of Community Health submitted four plans to the federal government …

a-12 Blog

CARES Act to Deliver Booster Shot of Additional Relief to Families, Economy Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Key Takeaways The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress is a $2.2 …

Doctors in hospital Blog

Georgia Won’t Thrive if People Don’t Survive

Key Takeaways: Years of disinvestment, poor public health infrastructure and systemic barriers have exposed Georgians’ vulnerability—particularly for those …

Line cooks Alex Camardelle

It is Time to Bolster Georgia’s Unemployment Insurance System

As of March 26, 2020, the Department of Labor has extended the Unemployment Insurance benefits duration to 26 …

Woman in Farmers Market Blog

GBPI Letter Urges Governor, State Leaders to Remove Barriers to SNAP During Pandemic

Dear Governor Kemp, It is commendable that Georgia is taking proactive and necessary steps to fight the spread …

Learn More About People-Powered Prosperity

PPP is led by GBPI, 9to5 Georgia, Faith in Public Life and Small Business Majority. Several PPP priorities advanced through the Legislature during the 2022 session, and this campaign will continue to advocate for these policies and other solutions to improve outcomes for every Georgian.
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