Protect the Safety Net

Overview

Georgians experiencing financial hardships deserve strong safety net programs to help improve their economic outcomes. Currently, those seeking to access these programs and move up the economic ladder—especially for communities of color—face too many barriers. Targeted state policies can help families keep food on the table and a roof overhead during tough times, or help parents get access to reliable child care so they can work.
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New SNAP Proposal Would Exacerbate the Cliff Effect and Hunger for Kids

In July 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed yet another rule that puts the health …

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Savannah Listening Sessions Highlight Needs for Better Wages, Child Care Access

Last week, staff from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute traveled to one of their favorite Georgia spots: …

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Georgia Human Services Budget Primer for State Fiscal Year 2020

You can download and share all the images and charts in the Human Services Primer by clicking here.  …

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Georgia’s Boost in Child Care Funding

Public investments in child care assistance bolster economic opportunity by helping Georgia parents maintain stable employment while promising …

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Georgia’s FY 2020 Budget: Majority of New Spending Dedicated to $530 Million Teacher Pay Raise

Georgia lawmakers gave final passage to the state’s $27.5 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year, beginning July …

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Sine Die 2019: Progress and Missed Opportunities for a People-First Agenda

The first legislative session under Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan ended on Tuesday, April 2. …

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Introducing PROSPER Georgia

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Georgia Work Credit Grows the Middle Class

Georgia Work Credit Grows the Middle Class by Danny Kanso, Policy Analyst Georgia leaders have the opportunity to …

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Proposed State Restrictions Would Limit Food Assistance

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture is now soliciting public comment on …

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Quick Facts: Low Wages and Steep Cliffs

What is the Cliff Effect? The cliff effect occurs when an individual abruptly loses their assistance as a …

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Low Wages and Steep Cliffs

Recommendations to Eliminate the Cliff Effect in Georgia’s Safety Net Programs The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and …

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Overview: 2020 Fiscal Year Budget for Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

The governor’s budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year adds $78.7 million more in state general funds for …

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