Tag: Georgia Budget

Regional rail from Atlanta into middle Georgia another casualty of flawed sales tax proposal

I’ve written quite a bit about transit lately, including the general lack of commitment to transit projects in road-addicted Georgia. As I noted in a post yesterday, Georgia is right at the bottom in terms of state funding for transit…

No sign of recession in Georgia state revenue figures

There was lots of interesting economic data this past week — a crazy and volatile one by any standards. But there was no sign of that craziness in the release of Georgia’s state revenue figures for July, which showed a…

AJC asks: Is 2012 a pivotal year — a turning point — for Atlanta’s future?

The answer to the question in the title is yes. A sharp, clear yes. Of course, 2011 is not even over yet, so plenty more could happen this year. However, the legislature won’t start anything new this year, an increasingly…

Georgia’s June tax revenue indicates slow recovery continuing

Consumer sentiment nationwide declined sharply in July. If the reactions I’ve heard from friends are any indication, a trio of factors is certainly depressing sentiment here in southeast Georgia: a run of hot weather that — together with steep Georgia…

Will Savannah area voters raise their taxes this fall?

Let me begin by saying that I think, for the most part, that “special purpose local option sales taxes” are generally a poor way for governments to raise money. If individual public capital projects are truly worth doing, then elected…

Georgia state revenues: continued but slowing growth in May

Well this is something that numbers wonks like me could get used to. In Tuesday’s press release about May’s state revenue, the Georgia Department of Revenue included far more graphs and charts than I’ve ever seen. Check out the full…

Georgia governor, Atlanta mayor headed to DC to lobby for port dredging, passenger rail funding

Well some very interesting news this morning from Jim Galloway at the AJC’s Political Insider. According to Galloway, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are headed next week to Washington “for a strategy session on Port of…

Extreme cuts to public education: the wrong path for Georgia’s future

Last week, Savannah-Chatham County schools announced that a net of about 90 teaching positions would probably be cut for next year. Younger teachers — those who often have the most enthusiasm, are quite literally the building blocks for the future…

Governor Deal signs Georgia’s new immigration law — a curious mix of draconian and toothless

Well Governor Deal finally signed HB 87 into law today. There’s a good write up and summary of the bill here. I’m opposed to the new law for a mix of Constitutional, economic, and basic human rights reasons. I talked…

Georgia’s April revenue figures suggest decent income growth but very sluggish retail sales statewide

The pdf of Georgia’s state revenues for April can be found here. The headline number of a 2.6% year-over-year increase is weak. That’s barely more than the increase needed to make up for core inflation. Personal income tax revenue was…

“Arizona-style” immigration bill heads to Nathan Deal’s desk

Well, I’ve been worried about this, but for a while this week it looked like legislative dysfunction would prevent the Georgia house and senate from agreeing on a tough new bill to go after illegal immigrants — undocumented workers —…

Tax reform bill appears dead for 2011 in Georgia legislature

So should I take the time to write a post about something that most of my friends have paid no attention to all and that — as it turns out — isn’t going to happen? What the heck, why not?…

Georgia state revenue continues its upward trend

A few days ago, the state of Georgia released the revenue figures for April March. You can go straight to the PDF: “March revenue growth tops 10%”. I’m a little tired of the overly hyped headlines (and this is only…

A little time to ponder tax reform in Georgia as legislature takes a break

I’ve had little good to say about the current Georgia legislative session, so it’s especially interesting to note that tension between Republicans generally, tension between social conservatives and economic conservatives, and tension between the Lt. Gov. and the Senate leadership…