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. 284, July 25, 2016, Lakshmi Pandey, Nicholas Warner and Sally Wallace
This report provides a methodology for evaluating the efficiency of the location of early care and education providers in Georgia relative to the potential need. It provides a starting point in evaluating whether certain areas are currently underserved in terms of early care and learning supply.
FRC Policy Brief, Publication No. 283, July 6, 2016, Lakshmi Pandey, Sally Wallace and Nicholas Warner
This policy brief documents the opening and closing of early care learning centers in Georgia over a ten-year period, using quarterly wages paid to employees to measure rates. The report covers a 10-year period, from 2004 to 2014.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 25. June 24, 2016, Lindsay Kuhn, Sarah Larson and Carolyn Bourdeaux
In a new report, researchers examine the landscape of Georgia’s community improvement districts (CIDs), focusing on their evolution and key characteristics, as well as providing an in-depth analysis of five select districts.
FRC Policy Brief, Publication No. 282, May 17, 2016, Lakshmi Pandey and Carolyn Bourdeaux
This data snapshot looks at monthly changes in the composition of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) caseload between 2000 and 2014 and the extent to which recipients are more or less likely to hold a job or be married after receiving TANF benefits.
FRC Report, Publication No. 281, March 8, 2016, David Sjoquist and Nicholas Warner
As an update to a 2008 Fiscal Research Center publication, this report considers the growth in the property tax base and revenue from 1980 through 2014, how the tax base varies across counties, how the composition of the tax base has changed over time, property taxes by type of government, and how the level and growth of property taxes in Georgia compares to other states.
FRC Report, Publication No. 280. Feb. 23, 2016, Oronde Small and Laura Wheeler
In a new brief, researchers provide a detailed description of Georgia's film tax credit, a review of the incentive's significant features compared to those offered by other states, and a snapshot of the industry in Georgia compared to the rest of the nation.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 23, Jan. 26, 2016, Dick Layton
This report is intended as an update to a 2004 report entitled "Policy Guide to the Evaluation and Use of Tax Allocation Districts.” Among other findings, the report shows that revenues from Atlanta’s 10 tax allocation districts (TADs) are expected to be up significantly in the current tax year. The report reviews the overall financial condition of tax allocation districts (TADs), documents concerns and lessons learned about TAD management, as well as outlines other redevelopment finance tools.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 22, Jan. 26, 2016, Rahul Pathak, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Sally Wallace, Sarah Larson
This report documents comprehensive tax reform efforts of select states from 2010 to 2015, showing what changes have been contemplated, which actually passed, and potential lessons from states' tax reforms during this period.
Tax Handbook 22nd Edition, Jan. 11, 2016, Robert Buschman
A handbook on taxation that provides a quick overview of all state and local taxes in Georgia.
FRC Report, Jan. 11, 2016, Mels de Zeeuw and William Serrano-Franklin
This 2016 guide is an update to an earlier version published in the summer of 2015. It includes 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.