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

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The Impact of Racism on Georgia’s Safety Net

CW: To highlight the problematic narratives surrounding safety net programs, this piece quotes racist statements opponents of these …

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Spread the Word: COVID Relief Plan Must Meet the Need of Georgians

Millions of people are struggling to feed themselves and their families, falling behind on rent and losing their …

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GBPI Writes Senator Perdue About the HEROES Act

GBPI recently wrote the following letter to Senators Perdue and Loeffler asking them to support the HEROES act …

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GBPI Submits Public Comment on New 1332 Waiver Application

July 23, 2020 Ryan Loke c/o The Office of the Governor 206 Washington Street Suite 115, State Capitol …

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Adding Up the Fiscal Notes: Sine Die 2020

    Each year, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute analyzes tax legislation passed by the General Assembly …

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Sine Die 2020: More Work Needed to Address Georgia’s Revenue Crisis

After a three-month hiatus due to COVID-19, the 2020 legislative session ended Friday, June 26. When lawmakers returned in mid-June, the world had shifted. A …

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 2021 session, and this campaign will continue to advocate for these policies and other solutions to improve outcomes for every Georgian.Several PPP priorities advanced through the Legislature during the 2021 session. The People-Powered Prosperity Campaign will continue to advocate for these policies and other solutions to improve outcomes for every Georgian. Read our latest progress report here

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