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Americans Increasingly Looking to Local Solutions & Leadership Americans Increasingly Looking to Local Solutions & Leadership
March 20, 2015
Sixty-four percent of Americans believe that more progress is being made at the state and local level rather than at the national level.

Georgia’s Tax Breaks are Costly Georgia’s Tax Breaks are Costly
January 29, 2015
Georgia’s assortment of tax breaks is projected to cost the state treasury an estimated $8 billion in the 2016 budget year.

Slow Growth in Georgia Middle Class Jobs Slow Growth in Georgia Middle Class Jobs
August 5, 2014   |  Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Georgia’s mid-wage industries comprised 52% of private sector job losses during the Great Recession but only 15% of job gains during the economic recovery.

Georgia Local Governments to Lose $153 Million Over Five Years Georgia Local Governments to Lose $153 Million Over Five Years
May 13, 2014   |  Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Changes to Georgia's tax laws during the 2014 Legislative Session are estimated to cost local governments over $153 million between FY 2015 and FY 2019.

Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities
April 2, 2014   |  National Association of Realtors
A majority of Americans favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores, and other businesses that are within walking distance, rather than neighborhoods requiring driving between home, work, and recreation.

Georgia Sixth in Nation for Low Income Students Georgia Sixth in Nation for Low Income Students
October 18, 2013   |  Southern Education Foundation
At 57%, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of public school students that come from low-income households.

Lack of a High School Diploma Significantly Impacts Earnings and Employment Lack of a High School Diploma Significantly Impacts Earnings and Employment
September 26, 2013   |  Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Individuals with a bachelor degree or higher earn 2.6 times more than someone with less than a high school diploma and have an unemployment rate that is significantly lower.

Repeal of Muni-Bond Tax Exemption Would Costs Georgia Taxpayers Billions Repeal of Muni-Bond Tax Exemption Would Costs Georgia Taxpayers Billions
August 8, 2013   |  National Association of Counties
The estimated costs of the repeal of tax-exempt status on municipal bonds would have cost Georgia taxpayers $12.3 billion between 2003 and 2012.

Mixed-Use Communities Appeal to Many Americans Mixed-Use Communities Appeal to Many Americans
May 28, 2013   |  Urban Land Institute
More than half of Americans prefer neighborhoods that are close to shops, have a mix of incomes, and have public transportation.

Deteriorating Infrastructure Negatively Affects the Nation's Economy Deteriorating Infrastructure Negatively Affects the Nation's Economy
May 27, 2013   |  American Society of Civil Engineers
Between now and 2020, the infrastructure investment shortfall in the U.S. will grow to over $1 trillion.

Muni Bond Interest Cap Would Increase Financing Costs by $173 Billion Muni Bond Interest Cap Would Increase Financing Costs by $173 Billion
March 13, 2013   |  National League of Cities, National Association of Counties & U.S. Conference of Mayors
The imposition of a 28% benefit cap on interest income on municipal bonds would have increased costs by over $173 billion since 2003.

Georgia Losing High-Paying Jobs Georgia Losing High-Paying Jobs
January 31, 2013   |  Fiscal Research Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
A new report shows that Georgia lost tens of thousands of "prime" or "premium" jobs in the decade from 2000-2009, predating much of the impact of the recession.

Georgia’s Median Household Income Falls Back to 1990 Level Georgia’s Median Household Income Falls Back to 1990 Level
November 27, 2012   |  Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
After reaching a peak of about $55,000 in 2006, Georgia’s median household income in 2011 is virtually the same as it was in 1990, considering inflation.

The Cost of an Empty Storefront The Cost of an Empty Storefront
October 25, 2012   |  PlaceEconomics
A small building sitting empty for one year in a small-town commercial district will have a negative economic impact of $386,750.

Georgia's Job Deficit Georgia's Job Deficit
September 26, 2012   |  Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
To fill Georgia's "jobs deficit" - the combination of jobs previously lost and those that must be created to keep up with population growth - by July 2015, Georgia would need to create 14,000 jobs per month.

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