Public finance experts recently gathered at Georgia State University for a one-day conference tackling the fiscal challenges – and opportunities – facing state and local governments in the Southeast. S&P Global Ratings, a leader in credit ratings and analysis of governments and corporations, hosted the event Nov. 3 at the university’s College of Law.
Nick Warner, Ross Rubenstein and Youngwan Son presented “Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education: Review of Trends and Policy Implications” during the September 2017 Association for Budgeting and Financial Management conference. The presentation focused on ESPLOST finding inequities, debt levels, and whether ESPLOST has had an effect on the condition of school… more »
Emily Franklin, a CSLF public finance fellow, presented her research on revenue forecasting — done in partnership with the Volcker Alliance — during the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management conference in September 2017. The presentation, “Revenue Forecasting Practices: Accuracy, Transparency and Political Acceptance” has been updated from March 2017 to reflect additional findings
Alex Hathaway, a Center for State and Local Finance researcher, presented preliminary findings on state fiscal transparency — done in partnership with the Volcker Alliance — during the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management in September 2017. This presentation has been updated from earlier version.
Laura Wheeler, a senior researcher with the Center for State and Local Finance, was interviewed by WABE/NPR for a segment on sales tax increases in the city of Atlanta. The article was published Oct. 18, 2017.
ATLANTA – The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in grant funding to the Fiscal Research Center and the Center for State and Local Finance to evaluate taxes in Georgia and nationally. The Fiscal Research Center (FRC) received $150,652 to evaluate Georgia’s job tax credit, the state’s primary employment… more »
Sally Wallace, director of the Fiscal Research Center, presented “What to Expect from our Demographic and Economic Trends” during the September 2017 Southern Municipal Finance Society conference. The presentation focused on trends in age, income, migration, and race and ethnicity, as well as employment sector shifts.
In a piece for Bloomberg BNA, Peter Bluestone, a senior researcher at the Center for State and Local Finance, discusses the real-world experiences that states have with using dynamic scoring to help decide tax policies. Dynamic scoring is used to measure the economic effects of changes in policy. The article was published July 26,… more »
Research by Lakshmi Pandey and David Sjoquist on the dramatic demographic changes in metro Atlanta over the past 45 years made numerous headlines in Georgia news coverage, including those listed below. “The Changing Face of Atlanta” can be accessed on our website.
New research by the Center for State and Local Finance looks at the economic impact of start-up charter schools in Georgia.The report, “The Effect of Start-up Charter Schools on Nearby Property Values,” is covered in a number of news articles including those below. The report was commissioned by the State Charter Schools Commission.