Tag: Alan Essig

And Now it’s Time to Say Sine Die

As the 2015 legislative session comes to an end so does my time in Georgia. After 25 years in Georgia, the last 11 as executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, I move to Michigan in a few

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House Budget Squeezes Schools, Health Care Providers

The Georgia House of Representatives this week rearranged the state’s 2016 budget plan for education, health care and human services from the one the governor unveiled in January. The new version still does not include budget cuts required to pay

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Tax swap brings no small change

Some powerful Georgia lawmakers are floating a plan to move $180 million out of the state account used for schools, public safety and other general needs to redirect the money solely for roads and bridges. Read more.

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Traveling a road to nowhere

In a statewide AJC poll earlier this month, 84 percent of Georgians said they thought it was at least somewhat important to improve the state’s transportation system; 57 percent took it a step further, saying it was very important to

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Now’s time for strategic fixes

AJC op-ed: For the first time in years, state leaders are sending signals before the January General Assembly that they might raise revenues to fix a challenge Georgia needs to address, in this case its neglected transportation system. Read more.

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Ga. tax revenues up, but not enough

The improving economy raised state tax collections by 9 percent in December over the same month last year, but an expert on state budgets warned Wednesday that the added money won’t stretch far. Read more.

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