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Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education: Review of Trends and Policy Implications

Posted On February 7, 2017

CSLF Report, Publication No. 31. Feb. 7, 2017, Ross Rubenstein and Nick Warner ESPLOST, or special purpose local option sales tax for education, provides a unique way for districts to substitute current revenues (via a penny sales tax) for debt financing. The authors examine this funding tool in school districts throughout Georgia, outlining trends and… more »

The Fiscal Architecture of Georgia

Posted On January 12, 2017

FRC Report, Publication No. 292. Jan. 12, 2017, Rahul Pathak and Sally Wallace Economic and demographic factors have important implications for public finances in Georgia. This report provides detailed information on major economic and demographic changes in Georgia and their impact on the fiscal health of the state.

Georgia’s Rankings Among the States: Budget, Taxes and Other Indicators (2017)

Posted On January 12, 2017

FRC Report, Publication No. 291. Jan. 12, 2017, Robert Buschman and Wesley Jones  This annual publication is a collection of metrics and state rankings that compare Georgia to other states. Several comparisons focus on total state or local government revenue and expenditures, but the guide also includes measures that compare either expenditures or state characteristics within specific functional… more »

Georgia’s Budget: The Big Picture (Updated January 2017)

Posted On November 15, 2016

CSLF Presentation, Jan. 18, 2017, Carolyn Bourdeaux This briefing gives a high-level overview of the Georgia budget, looking at fiscal years 2017 and 2018. The presentation addresses structural revenue dilemmas, current economic constraints, areas of concern in the state’s expenditures, as well as key topics: K-12 education, higher education, Medicaid and transportation. (Note: The attached version updates… more »

Age-Based Property Tax Exemptions in Georgia

Posted On September 27, 2016

CSLF Report, Publication No. 29, Sept. 27, 2016, H. Spencer Banzhaf, Ryan Mickey, Carlianne Patrick Many local jurisdictions across the United States, including a number in Georgia, offer property tax exemptions to older Americans. These age-based exemptions can vary widely and be controversial. This new report attempts to inform such debates by describing the prevalence of… more »

Welcoming Cities: Immigration Policy at the Local Government Level

Posted On September 13, 2016

CSLF Report, Publication No. 28, Sept. 13, 2016, Xi Huang and Cathy Yang Liu As of July 2015, 50 cities in 31 states had joined an initiative called Welcoming America’s Welcoming Cities, a national grassroots cooperative for immigrant-welcoming communities to share resources and ideas. In this new study, researchers examine these cities’ characteristics, as well as… more »

Modeling Georgia Fundamental Tax Reform Using REMI

Posted On August 30, 2016

FRC Report, Publication No. 288, Aug. 30, 2016, Peter Bluestone The study uses Regional Economic Models, Inc., or REMI, to examine the effects of tax reform on different sectors of the state economy, including labor force participation, savings and investments, and consumer spending, among others. The report finds that fundamental tax reform — using the REMI… more »