Kemp wants Georgia agency heads to skip budget hearings

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 | ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION (GEORGIA) | by James Salzer

Georgia legislative leaders scheduled meetings later this month to hear how state agencies plan to respond to Gov. Brian Kemp’s call to cut their budgets, but they may spend that time talking to each other.

Republican governors prioritize SNAP work requirements

JANUARY 14, 2019 | WATCHDOG | by Bethany Blankley

Prior to the new rules implemented by the Trump administration to strengthen work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), some Republican governor-led states had already begun implementing restrictions and eliminated the practice of submitting “geographic area waivers.”

Teacher pension debt undermines public education in Georgia

DECEMBER 7, 2018 | REASON | by Evgenia Sidorova

Georgia’s political leaders owe it to parents and students to resolve the pension system’s solvency challenges.

As another season passes, Cobb in dark about final Braves stadium cost

NOVEMBER 19, 2018 | THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION (GEORGIA) | by Meris Lutz

A year and a half after the first pitch at SunTrust Park, Cobb has yet to account for tens of millions of dollars in stadium construction work and officials haven’t independently confirmed a final price tag on the county’s largest, most controversial public works project.

Georgia’s teacher pension plan faces significant financial risk

OCTOBER 12, 2018 | GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION | by Evgenia Sidorova

The Teachers Retirement System (TRS) of Georgia alarmed legislators and stakeholders when it requested over $588 million in increased contributions in the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions combined, largely the result of missed actuarial assumptions.

Public pension funding remains challenging, despite two-year streak of healthy investment returns

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 | REASON FOUNDATION | by Anil Naraula

What does the investment return for Fiscal Year 2018 mean as part of the big picture?

Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day: 1,166

JUNE 22, 2018 | BALLOTPEDIA | by Scott Rasmussen

The filing deadlines for candidates to enter state legislative races have already passed in 31 states.

Third wave of the 2017 FSOS is live!

JUNE 19, 2018

See the financial health of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey and South Carolina.

Will tax reform spur states to embrace school choice?

JANUARY 19, 2018 | REAL CLEAR POLICY | by Lewis Andrews

The modest subsidy of public school alternatives is now the only way to both rescue government public pension plans — the cumulative underfunding of which has been estimated as high as $6 trillion — and thus keep promised benefits reasonably intact.

Atlanta pension boards sue city over merger

JANUARY 10, 2018 | THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION | by Dan Klepal

The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards.

Uncertainty about federal tax overhaul clouds Georgia budget process

DECEMBER 11, 2017 | ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION | by James Salzer

Georgians won’t know how much they’ll pay in federal taxes until after Congress decides how it will alter the tax code.

Place your bets: Top 5 cities for Amazon HQ2

NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Using State Data Lab and a handful of other sources, we've picked out a list of "Top 5" cities for Amazon's second headquarters. 

American heroes: A look at states with the most military veterans

NOVEMBER 10, 2017

As we honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces this Veterans Day, we look at the Top 10 states with the most veterans and how those states fare when it comes to some of the biggest issues facing our veterans. 

Supreme Court History -- Cherokee Indian Cases

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 | WTTW-11 (CHICAGO)

Includes "...On review of the case, the Supreme Court in Worcester v. Georgia ruled that because the Cherokee Nation was a separate political entity that could not be regulated by the state, Georgia's license law was unconstitutional and Worcester's conviction should be overturned. ...

Lessons from the No. 1 procurement state

APRIL 8, 2016 | GOVERNING

The leaders of Georgia's purchasing office on saving money, realizing the importance of data analysts and being underappreciated.

Purchase power: a special report on state procurement

MARCH 2, 2016 | GOVERNING

While many states are slogging through the beginning stages of these reforms -- and some haven't changed at all -- a handful are clearly ahead.

State budget gimmicks of 2015

JANUARY 13, 2016 | STATE BUDGET SOLUTIONS | by Sarah Curry

Every year budgets are debated and voted upon somewhere across our nation. 

 

Defusing the debt bomb

JANUARY 4, 2016 | THE WASHINGTON TIMES | by David Walker

Fiscal survey of the states

DECEMBER 16, 2015 | NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BUDGET OFFICERS

Enacted state budgets for fiscal 2016 represent a sixth consecutive year of spending and revenue growth, according to this report. 

Atlanta wins pension reform case

NOVEMBER 3, 2015 | ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE | by Dave Williams

The Georgia Supreme Court Monday unanimously upheld pension reforms adopted by the Atlanta City Council four years ago.

1  2