Welcome to the site of the Center for State and Local Finance blog. The blog will be an effort to both interpret academic research for a lay audience as well as a chance to bring alternative and perhaps unexpected viewpoints on public policy to a broader audience. Faculty, practitioners as well as regular CSLF staff will contribute to the posts.
Reaching — and being financially prepared for — retirement has always been part of the American dream. Then the recession hit, taking with it the savings of many headed toward those so-called golden years.
Investments shriveled up. Stocks plummeted. Pensions lost ground. Managers in both the public and private sector were left to… more »
Head Start programs are highly concentrated in low-income and rural areas of Georgia, providing vital access to early education and supporting at least $71 million in total economic output there, according to a new study by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance.
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… 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 »
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 »
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 »
If you live in metro Atlanta, chances are you have encountered services of community improvement districts, or CIDs. But what exactly is a CID?
It can be difficult to distinguish Georgia CIDs’ services and county or city services. For example, did you know that the ambassadors seen throughout downtown Atlanta are managed by the Atlanta… more »
Georgia has two types of business improvement district models: Georgia community improvement districts (CIDs) and Georgia city business improvement districts, or “Georgia BIDs.”
Like CIDs, Georgia BIDs are a group of property owners within a set boundary who decide to levy additional taxes or fees on themselves to provide supplemental services. However, Georgia BIDs are… more »