Policy Briefs & Reports
Policy reports and shorter policy briefs are integral aspects of our publications and often stem from our academic publications. These practitioner-centered works provide valuable insights into the policy landscape and promote actionable, evidence-based recommendations.
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.
Tax Handbook 23rd Edition, Jan. 12, 2017, Robert Buschman
A handbook on taxation that provides a quick overview of all state and local taxes in Georgia.
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 areas, such as education, health and transportation.
CSLF Presentation, Nov. 15, 2016, 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.
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 the cities' programs for immigrants and motivations for starting a "welcoming city."
Jobs in Georgia’s Urban and Rural Regions and Counties: Changes in Distribution, Type and Quality from 2007 to 2014
CSLF Report, Publication No. 27, Sept. 13, 2016, Peter Bluestone and Mels de Zeeuw
This report is an update to an earlier study on Georgia's jobs in urban and rural regions and counties from 2000 to 2012. This new report examines the immediate outcome of the recession, which began in 2007, and the subsequent economic recovery until 2014. Job growth, job quality and job type are compared in the regions studied.
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 model -- has a modest effect on the areas studied.
FRC Brief, Publication No. 286, Aug. 16, 2016, Mels de Zeeuw, Lindsay Kuhn and Carolyn Bourdeaux
This brief provides an overview and analysis of changes in Georgia’s state and local expenditure and revenue portfolios and rankings between fiscal years 1995 and 2013. It is an update to earlier reports. Currently, Georgia ranks 49th in combined state and local own-source revenue and 49th in combined state and local direct expenditures.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 26, Aug. 2, 2016, Dave Sjoquist
This report explores trends in employment and wages in manufacturing, focusing on the period since 1996 when the decline in Georgia manufacturing jobs began. The trends are then compared to the United States. As of 2014, manufacturing jobs accounted for less than 7 percent of employment in the state, and these jobs were not expected to grow in the long run, even after the U.S. fully recovers from the Great Recession.
FRC Report, Publication No. 285, July 29, 2016, Nicholas Warner, Lakshmi Pandey and Sally Wallace
This report examines the potential factors that Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) might consider when allocating new Pre-K grant awards. Variables include the changes in the population of 4-year-olds, the number and type of Georgia Pre-K providers in the market (supply and demand), and availability of credentialed teachers.