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.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 21, Dec. 15, 2015, Nicholas Warner
Although median home values began growing in FY 2013, school districts have just begun feeling the positive effects: The statewide per student property tax digest increased by 1.6 percent in FY 2015. This growth comes after five consecutive years of declines. This brief provides an update to “The Great Recession and School District Property Tax Revenues in Georgia” by examining recent changes in districts’ per student digests during FY 2015.
CSLF Brief, Publication No. 24, Dec. 3, 2015, Peter Bluestone, Carolyn Bourdeaux and Nicholas Warner
This brief, prepared for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, examines governmental funding for education and workforce development in Georgia, including pre-K, K-12, higher education and federal job training.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 20, Nov. 17, 2015, Mels de Zeeuw and Laura Wheeler
This brief examines the Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST), as implemented in DeKalb and Rockdale counties. It describes the effects of municipal incorporation on HOST revenues and capital outlays; the interactions with state and local taxes; the effect of HOST on lower-income vs. higher-income residents, as well as homeowners and renters; and the lessons learned about this system of property tax relief.
CSLF Presentation, November 2015, Carolyn Bourdeaux
This presentation gives a high-level overview of the Georgia budget by addressing structural revenue dilemmas, current economic constraints, areas of concern in the state’s expenditures, and other forces affecting the state budget.
CSLF Report, Publication No. 19, Oct. 20, 2015, Elton Davis and Isabel Ruthotto
This report begins with a review of Georgia's traditional K-12 public school system structure, including the legal framework, local system organization, and an overview of funding sources. Then, state, local and federal sources used to finance K-12 education are explained. Charter school funding is also included in the report.
FRC Report, Publication No. 274, October 20, 2015, Brett Mullins, Mark Rider, David Sjoquist and Sally Wallace
This report provides an overview of the long-run trends in SNAP and TANF participation in Georgia. Data show that TANF cases in Georgia have decreased substantially over the 14-year period of the study, while SNAP cases increased during the two recessions before falling off.
FRC Report, Publication No. 273, Oct. 6, 2015, Robert Buschman
This report explores what might explain the dramatic shortfall in Georgia's sales tax revenues in recent years, and their failure to recover from the 2001 and 2007-09 recessions, along with personal income and the overall economy.
CSLF Brief, Publication No. 18, Oct. 6, 2015, David Sjoquist and Lakshmi Pandey
This report analyzes data over a 23-year period for 31 metropolitan areas that had at least 2 million people in 2013. It finds that metro-Atlanta population and job growth has been greater compared to other metropolitan locations. However, job quality has seen the same impact.
CSLF Special Report, Publication No. 17, Sept. 29, 2015, Sarah Larson and David Sjoquist
The city of College Park proposed the creation of Tax Allocation District #1 (Downtown and Airport Gateways) in June 2015. The Fulton County School District asked the Center for State and Local Finance to conduct an analysis of the proposed TAD using the district’s current policies. This report was updated March 2, 2016.
FRC Report, Publication No. 272, Sept. 22, 2015, Sherman A. Cooper and Laura Wheeler
This 2015 compendium details Georgia business and personal credits allowed against the state's corporate and individual income tax. Economic development, housing and environmental tax credits are among those included.