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Executive Education Courses Now Available for 2017-2018

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 »

Recovery Continues for School District Local and State Revenues

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 »

Snapshot: Georgia’s Medicaid Enrollment and Spending

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 »

Rubenstein, Warner ESPLOST Research Makes Headlines

Posted On February 24, 2017
Categories Uncategorized Tags

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 »

School Funding: New ESPLOST Policy Considerations

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 »

A Briefing on Georgia’s Budget: The Big Picture (Updated)

Posted On January 18, 2017
Categories Presentations

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.