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‘Keep Pace with Change and Stand Out’

Posted On December 15, 2015
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Brenda Parker, (pictured on the left) a budget analyst with the Georgia Technology Authority, was recently awarded the Certificate in Public Financial Management from the Center for State and Local Finance.

Over the course of a year, she completed all of CSLF’s executive education courses to achieve the certification. Parker, who has been with the state of Georgia… more »

Increasing Tax Digests Could Help Some Large Georgia School Districts

Georgia’s statewide per student property tax digest has been declining since the Great Recession, affecting school districts’ revenues and, thus, their budgets. Finally, after five straight years of declines, the statewide per student property tax digest is growing – a 1.6 percent increase between fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

The recent growth in the statewide… more »

Center Honors Second Program Graduate

Brenda Parker, a budget analyst for the Georgia Technology Authority, recently became the second graduate of the center’s rigorous Certificate in Public Financial Management program.

Parker has worked at the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) for the past 10 years, including serving as a senior administrative assistant.

Prior to GTA, Parker worked at the Georgia Department… more »

Former State Auditor Russell Hinton to Lead Next Training

Russell Hinton (pictured), former state auditor of Georgia, and Paul Glick, chief financial officer for Harris County, Ga., will lead the the center’s next executive education course.

Hinton served as the state’s auditor from 1999-2012, capping nearly four decades in state government before retiring in June 2012. Glick is the principal of Glick Consulting Group, where he conducts… more »

AJC Investigative Blog Highlights CSLF Budget Lecture

The Atlanta Journal- Constitution’s investigative blog highlighted the Center for State and Local Finance’s budget lecture held Nov. 12.

In the blog, reporter James Salzer writes that one of the fastest-growing items in Georgia’s budget over the past decade and a half has been debt service, according to Carolyn Bourdeaux, who gave the budget… more »

Bourdeaux: ‘Will Take a Generation to Recover from School Spending Cuts’

Carolyn Bourdeaux, director of the Center for State and Local Finance, was quoted in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog regarding the state budget.

“We really are never going to get back to where we were,” she said, referring to cuts made to school spending. “It’s time to sort of start thinking about where we are going… more »