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PMAP 8161: Public Budgeting & Finance Process

This guide is to be used to assist with the research assignment for PMAP 8161. PMAP 8161 is a graduate course focusing on public budgeting and finance. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to public budgeting and finance knowledge and skill

Governor's Budget Reports

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Each year, the Governor recommends to the General Assembly a budget for the State of Georgia.  This proposed budget and an amended version of the current year’s budget are detailed in the Governor’s Annual Budget Reports.

AYSPS Fiscal Research Center

Georgia’s FY 2022 Tax Expenditure Report
Each year, the Fiscal Research Center publishes or collaborates on several special publications, including a summary of Georgia’s taxes, a report that compares Georgia with other states in a number of budget and economic metrics, as well as the state’s Tax Expenditure Report. The annual Georgia Tax Expenditure Report provides a comprehensive listing of the state’s statutory provisions that promote quality of life and economic growth through tax incentives.   

Exploring Georgia’s Sales Tax Distributions
Using sales distributions data from the Georgia Department of Revenue, the Fiscal Research Center (FRC) has created an interactive data tool that allows users explore the year-over-year changes in sales tax distributions by commodity from January 2016 through June 2020 at the county, regional, or state level.

Georgia’s Taxes A Summary of Major State and Local Government Taxes
This annual publication is designed to give a quick overview of state and local taxes in Georgia and comparisons with other states. The brief summary for each tax includes, when available, the following information: ▪ Tax Base ▪ Tax Rate ▪ Major Exemptions (if any) ▪ Revenue Production ▪ Section References to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated ▪ Administrative Responsibilities ▪ Who Remits Tax ▪ Payment Dates ▪ Special Provisions (if any) ▪ History of Major Changes ▪ Comparisons with Other States

Georgia’s Rankings Among the States: Budget, Taxes and Other Indicators (2020)
This annual publication includes metrics and state rankings that compare Georgia to other states. Several comparisons focus on total state or local government revenue and expenditures, but the guide also comprises measures that compare either expenditures or state characteristics within specific functional areas, such as education, poverty, and unemployment.


The Center for State and Local Finance (AYSPS)

The Center for State and Local Finance is a collaborative effort of the Andrew Young School’s nationally ranked faculty to provide research on issues affecting the future of state and local public finance and to educate the next generation of leaders in public financial management.

Fulton County Tax Expenditure Report Fiscal Year 2019

CSLF Report, Publication No. 51, December 2018, Laura Wheeler, Per Johnson, Katherine Townsend
The purpose of the report is to provide Fulton County officials with an inventory of tax expenditures and their values. In this way, these items can be tracked over time in a fashion comparable to a budget of direct governmental expenditures. The three main taxes levied by the county include property tax, local option sales tax, and TAVT (Title Ad Valorem Tax). Together these represent approximately 90 percent of Fulton County revenues for fiscal year (FY) 2018. This report is supported by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Best Practices in Georgia's Budgeting and Financial Management

CSLF Report, Publication No. 49, November 7, 2018, Alex Hathaway
As stewards of public money, governments must make sound fiscal decisions. This report outlines how Georgia gets the job done by employing certain best practices in financial management. However, the report also points out that Georgia, like all states, still has room for improvement. Topics discussed include budget forecasting, one-time budget, maneuvers, legacy costs, reserve funds, and fiscal transparency.  The report is the sixth part of CSLF's Balancing the Budget in the Southern States series.

Feasibility Study for the Proposed City of East Cobb

Technical Assistance -- City Feasibility Study, December 7, 2018, Staff
The Center for State and Local Finance completed a fiscal feasibility study for a newly incorporated city of East Cobb. This study provides a detailed analysis of the expected revenues and expenditures for the proposed city using generally accepted methodologies that the center has used for similar studies. The main purpose of the analysis is to estimate the ability of the proposed city of East Cobb to meet its expenditures with available revenue sources.

Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute works to advance lasting solutions that expand economic opportunity and well-being for all Georgians. We produce research and state budget analysis to show Georgia ways to provide equitable education, health care and opportunity for everyone. Here you can browse our research or find ways to get involved.