Registration is open for the Center for State and Local Finance’s 2017-2018 executive education program.
CSLF’s course offerings include eight essential classes that span a variety of topics that public finance professionals need to hone strategic thinking, advance in the field, and educate key stakeholders.
Now in its fourth year, CSLF’s executive education program… more »
During the Great Recession, school districts in Georgia saw their revenue decline at both the state and local level. Austerity cuts were implemented at the state level, and property tax digests decreased, affecting local revenues. This blog briefly summarizes the geographic pattern and timing of declining and recovering revenues across Georgia’s school districts during and… more »
Medicaid is a highly utilized joint state and federal program that provides health care to millions of Georgians. Currently, eligibility for Medicaid is determined by need, and federal funds are tied to reimbursement rates for health care costs associated with eligible individuals. Currently, there are several policy proposals to cap federal Medicaid spending either through… more »
Research by Ross Rubenstein and Nick Warner on Georgia’s special purpose local option sales tax for education (trends and policy considerations), is highlighted in at least two recent news articles.
Saporta Report: GSU report examines popular ESPLOST as U.S. education secretary mulls school funding
AJC: “ESPLOST helps metro Atlanta schools more than others, study… more »
Carolyn Bourdeaux, director of the Center for State and Local Finance, is quoted in an Atlanta-Journal Constitution article about Fulton County Schools’ fiscal strides as Georgia continues to rebound from the recession.
Read the article.
Read Bourdeaux’s blog post on the state budget.
Brand-new schools, technology upgrades, and classroom additions are among the many sought-after items that school leaders consistently look to fund. But, finding effective solutions to meet pressing needs is not easy.
Traditionally, districts have used debt financed with property taxes to fund school construction and upgrades. But, ESPLOST, or special purpose local option sales tax… more »
Public finance careers can start any number of ways. For Usha Rackliffe, she also wanted to be a journalist.
In an Emory University profile of the professor, Rackliffe explains that listening to radio news was a big part of why she left India to pursue journalism and experience a new culture.
“The radio was… more »
Carolyn Bourdeaux, director of the Center for State and Local Finance, presented an update to an earlier budget presentation on Jan. 18, 2017 at the Atlanta Economics Club. This presentation provided an overview of the Georgia budget by addressing structural revenue dilemmas, current economic constraints, areas of concern in the state’s expenditures, and other forces affecting the state budget. It also adds information about Gov. Nathan Deal’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal.
I took a quick look at the governor’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 amended and FY 2018 general budgets. Key takeaways are that the FY 2017 amended budget revenue estimate is uncharacteristically generous, creating some space in the budget. The governor uses these revenues for an assortment of economic development and small scale capital projects.… more »
All in all, the state is on very solid footing from a fiscal perspective going into the 2017 legislative session. Let’s take a quick look.
First, will the state make budget in 2017? The Great Recession has taught me to be cautious, but barring a major disruption, there is no reason to think that fiscal… more »