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FRC Brief 254, January 11, 2013, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Sungman Jun, Nicholas Warner, Sandy Zook
This brief provides an overview of changes in Georgia’s state and local expenditure and revenue portfolios between Fiscal Year (FY) 1989 and FY2010 based on data produced by the US Census of Governments.The overall trend in Georgia during this period has been a decrease in revenue and expenditure rankings (representing lower real per capita spending and revenues than other states). Table 1 summarizes these findings. In absolute terms Georgia is raising more per capita revenue and had more per capita direct expenditures in FY 2010 than FY 1989, but these increases have not matched the increases in other states. Georgia’s rank decreased from 33rd in FY1989 to 47th in FY2010 state and local real (inflation adjusted) per capita own source
revenue. Georgia declined from 11.7 percent below the national average in FY1989 to 23 percent below the national average in FY2010. Georgia’s real per capita direct expenditures were ranked 30th nationally in FY1989 and fell to 48th in FY2010. Georgia was 8.9 percent below the national average in FY1989 and then 18.7 below that average FY 2010.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Carolyn Bourdeaux is an Associate Professor of Public Administration. She recently returned to the Andrew Young School after a leave of absence working as Director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office. Her recent research focuses on state budget decision-making, and program and performance based budgeting.
Nicholas Warner is a Research Associate at the Fiscal Research Center. His recent research has included expenditure and revenue portfolio analysis, tax expenditure estimation, and examination of Georgia’s special option sales tax for school facility funding.
Sandy Zook is a graduate student at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies working towards her PhD in public management and policy.
Sungman Jun is a graduate student at Seoul National University working towards his PhD in public administration.