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.
Georgia's Revenue and Expenditure Portfolio in Brief: FY 2013 Data
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.
Employment and Wage Trends in Manufacturing
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.
Child Policy Partnership: Supply and Demand for Georgia's Pre-K
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.
Child Policy Partnership: Capacity of Child Care Centers by Location
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.
Child Policy Partnership: Opening and Closing of Early Care and Education Establishments
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.
Georgia's Community Improvement Districts
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.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Impact of Work and Marriage Incentives
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.
Georgia's Property Taxes by the Numbers
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.
A Description of the Film Tax Credit and Film Industry in Georgia
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.
Effects of the Great Recession on Tax Increment Financing in the United States, Georgia and Atlanta
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.