The Georgia Policy Foundation has championed ideas and public policies that have changed lives in Georgia for over 20 years.
- Higher Content Standards
- Alternative Certification to Improve Teacher Quality
- School Choice – Georgia is one of a handfull of states with charter schools, special needs scholarships and tuition tax credit scholarships
- We created “No Excuses” schools to highlight high-achieving, high-poverty schools
- We were one of the first states in the nation to publish a report card, the Foundation’s “Education Report Card For Parents”
- Low Taxes
- Elimination of the Georgia Intangibles Tax
- Elimination of the Sales Tax on Energy Used in Manufacturing, Mining and Agriculture
- One of the strongest laws in the nation protecting against eminent domain abuse
- Civil Service Reforms impacting every state employee hired after 1996
- Telecommunications deregulations that has led to a thriving telecom market
- Elimination of burdensome professional licencing regulations
- Regulatory cost/benefit analysis for small businesses
- One of the few states in the nation to shift state employees to a hybrid pension plan, moving away from a pure defined benefit plan
- Georgia is a leader in implementing Consumer-Driven Health Care Reforms such as health savings accounts, wellness incentives, cost and quality data and defined contribution plans for small businesses
- Georgia removed the state heatlh care tax penalty by eliminating state income tax on high-deductible premiums
- The Foundation was a leader in the sweeping criminal justice reforms passed in 2012
- The Foundation has championed government transparency, leading to the creation of a state transparency database and disclosure of in-depth system- and school-level spending
- Georgia is a leader in privatization of golf courses, water parks, hotels and conference centers, tourist attractions, prisons and many other government functions.
- The Foundation supported the City of Sandy Springs as it because on of the nation’s first “private cities” by outsourcing nearly all government functions.
"When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn't changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!
" - Congressman Tom Price