Category: Facts

Georgia Pension Funding Improving

If Santa looks at states when making a list of who’s naughty or nice, he will find seven who most improved the condition of their pension funds since 2009, when the economic recovery began. Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Virginia are most improved, having more money available to fulfill their promises to retirees.  (In accounting terms, this means less “unfunded liabilities.”) Source: Institute for Trust in Accounting Georgia was among the top ten states in terms of pension funding in 2010, as measured by a Pew Charitable Trusts study, with 85 percent of its long-term state pension liabilities funded.… View Article

Georgia Medicaid Expansion – Crowd Out

According to the Census Bureau, 222,000 adults with income below the Federal Poverty Line are currently covered by private insurance. Even if their policies are not cancelled by ObamaCare regulations, these individuals would be tempted to drop their private insurance in favor of “free” Medicaid coverage.… View Article

Georgia Medicaid Expansion – 409,000 vs 650,000

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation points out that 409,350 Georgians will fall into the “coverage gap” if the state refuses to expand Medicaid (Table 2 in the report). Large federal subsidies will be available to assist families with incomes above the Federal Poverty Level purchase private insurance, which means that the number left uninsured if Georgia does not expand Medicaid is 409,350 instead of the 650,000 that most news organizations have reported. The Georgia Department of Community Health estimates these new Medicaid enrollees would cost more than $5,800 per person. For comparison, the average cost of uncompensated care for the uninsured is approximately $1,500 per person. (Source: Urban Institute)… View Article
New evidence indicates that universal preschool is ineffective, says Russ Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. The Vanderbilt University study is the first large-scale random trial of a state pre-kindergarten program.… View Article

Georgia 8th in Latest Economic Freedom Report

Georgia ranked 12th overall and 8th in the United States in the the ninth annual Economic Freedom of North America report. The study examines key indicators of economic freedom based on the size of government, taxation, regulation, rule of law and property rights and other relevant factors in 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces.… View Article

Government Transparency

What if … Every citizen could track every dollar of federal, state or local government spending, every contract, every real estate deal and every travel expense? What if … Citizens in every Georgia community could use their local knowledge to track and analyze local expenditures? What if … National experts could help citizens decipher government accounting and establish benchmarks for every government service? What if … We could honor every government in Georgia that offered quality services at the best value to taxpayers? What if … we could expose fraud, waste and abuse at every level of government? We believe transparency is the first step to accomplishing all of those goals. Georgia has become a leader in that area, but… View Article

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