Recent Foundation Publications

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 2021 publications are listed below by date of publication.

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December 20: Foundation Mourns Passing of Johnny Isakson, by Georgia Public Policy Foundation

 Current and former Foundation leaders pay tribute to former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, a longtime friend of the Foundation who died December 19, 2021.

December 17: In Building Back Better, Treat Safety Nets with Care, by Chris Denson

Ultimately, federal top-down approaches to healthcare – including DSH cuts that invoke overt bipartisan disapproval – reinforce the need for state-focused health reforms that strengthen healthcare options and put the patient first.

December 10: States Left Holding the Baby in Feds’ Early Learning Plan, by Aaron Churchill

There are serious costs to making these programs a universal entitlement, both to the federal government and to states.

December 3: Government’s Best Industrial Policy: Remove Barriers, by Adam Thierer

Instead of targeted development, government should address the policy prerequisites that helped give rise to America’s computing and internet revolutions.

November 19: Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving, by Georgia Public Policy Foundation Staff

Hope is in the air and spirits are lifting. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation staff, too, has much to be thankful for. And we’d like to share our bountiful blessings with you.

November 16: Mileage-based User Fees, the Next Best Thing for Georgia Transportation, by Chris Denson and Benita Dodd

It is time for Georgia to consider a mileage-based road user fee, according to a new study, “The Promise of Per-Mile Charges for Georgia Transportation.”

November 8: Window of Opportunity for Tax Reform in Georgia, by Chris Denson

Lowering and flattening Georgia’s personal income tax rate could create tens of thousands of jobs within five years, according to a new analysis conducted for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

October 29: Returns Aside, Pension Risks Remain in Georgia, by Jen Sidorova

Strong investment returns are great news for Georgia’s teachers as well, but will hardly be the long-awaited salvation for TRS, which is the pension plan serving the state’s educators.

October 22: Supply Chain Snags and Silver Linings, by Ed Crowell

Logistics is a hot topic because it is suddenly a troubled area after being a part of life that has almost always worked smoothly and uninterrupted.

October 15: 2021 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, Rx for What Ails the State, by Keara Vickers

For more than a decade, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Georgia Legislative Policy Forum has sought to tackle the most pressing issues of the day in the state. This year is no different.

October 8: Federal Vaccine Mandate Paves Pathway to High Court, by Dave Emanuel

 There is a significant difference between a state or municipal government passing a law, and a president ordering enforcement of an executive decision by a group of unelected bureaucrats.

October 1: Charter Schools Prove Their Value to Georgia Families, by Tony Roberts

The enrollment gains experienced during the pandemic show the important role these innovative schools play in the state’s overall public school system.

September 24: Economic Freedom: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, by Benita Dodd

Sadly, for many more nations, the outsized overreach of their government’s pandemic response means the gains reported this year will diminish in next year’s report. Worse, the loss of economic freedom will linger much longer.

September 17: Garble Mires Message on Healthcare Reform, by John Goodman

Why do Democrats do so much better than their Republican rivals when voters think about healthcare? Because Democrats are much better at following five rules for how successful candidates should talk about the subject.

September 10: Universal Recognition, a License to Work, by Benita Dodd

It’s past time to question how many occupations need a state-issued license. With  fewer than 30 occupations licensed across all 50 states, Georgia needs to look at how to facilitate job opportunity by reducing hurdles for those who want to earn a living.

September 3: Why Climate Activists and Environmentalists should Support Nuclear Power, by Katie Tubb

Regardless of whether you are a climate activist seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or a proponent of the free market in the energy sector, both sides can agree on implementing effective nuclear energy policies.

August 27: Keeping an Eye on Telehealth, by Chris Denson

While Georgians can have a drug prescription refilled through a telemedicine appointment with their physician, they cannot renew an eyeglass or contact lens prescription without an in-person eye exam.

August 20: Study Highlights Wisdom of Georgia’s Measured Covid Response, by Chris Denson

The data demonstrated “the lighter regulatory touch and quicker reopening plans of Tennessee and Georgia led to fewer job losses, lower unemployment rates, and in particular, higher labor force participation.”

August 13: Three Policies to Ease Georgia’s Healthcare Staffing Crisis, by Benita Dodd

Nurses are frustrated and exhausted, and hospitals have two staffing challenges: to attract more and to keep those they have.

August 6: Georgia Gains by Playing in a Regulatory ‘Sandbox’, by Libertas Institute Staff

While a historically light-touch approach to handling technology has been a major driver in this country’s success, the government may be failing to live up lately to its promise of offering a welcome mat to innovative entrepreneurs.

July 30: Thirty Years of Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives, by Benita Dodd

It happens quietly. Yet the impact is lasting, on Georgians’ pocketbooks, their daily lives and their families. And it is results that matter.

July 23: How Kudzu Grew from ‘Miracle Vine’ to ‘Monster’, by Harold Brown

Although kudzu fell from a wonderful crop to a noxious weed, numbers used to prove the point are just as noxious.

July 16: Georgia’s Healthcare Competitiveness Hobbled by Certificate of Need, by Chris Denson

When assessing Georgia’s competitiveness with neighboring states, Florida and Tennessee are often positioned as the ideal because neither has a state income tax. Another area in which Georgia lags behind those same neighbors, unfortunately, is in healthcare – specifically, because of this state’s restrictive certificate-of-need laws.

July 9: New Express Lanes to Ease Taxpayer Toll, by Benita Dodd

Capitalizing on the success of existing toll projects, the GDOT has unveiled its most promising plan yet to improve mobility and increase capacity on I-285.

July 2: The 50-State Flag: How One Ohio Teen’s Quest to Change His Grade Became Our National Symbol, by Hayley McCloud

When  Robert Heft triumphantly presented his 50-star flag, his teacher, Stanly Pratt, told him he had the wrong number of stars. Only if the government adopted Heft’s flag would Pratt even consider changing the grade.

June 25: To Do No Harm, Protect Donor Privacy, by Kennedy Atkins

Donor privacy is not a means of allowing “dark money” to flow secretly to organizations. In fact, donor privacy allows individuals to support the nonprofits they believe are doing good work.

June 18: The Joy in Juneteenth, by Keara Vickers

Regardless of how much you may or may not know about Juneteenth, any freedom-minded American should find joy in a day officially dedicated to commemorating the liberation of a people from slavery.

June 11: How Georgia is ‘Amazon-izing’ Healthcare and Fixing What’s Wrong with the Affordable Care Act, by Randy Pate.

While Republicans nationally struggle to agree on solutions in healthcare and Democrats push for more government control, Georgia is taking a major step forward in altering key aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to empower consumers and put them at the center of their own healthcare.

June 4: For Schools to Return to Normalcy, Community Must Do Its Part, by Ben Scafidi

Georgians want school campuses open for face-to-face, in-person learning with no masks. To do that, the community needs to do its part to keep rates of COVID-19 and its variants low.

May 28: A Day of Honor, A Sacrifice of a Lifetime, by Benita Dodd

Nearly 5 million people died in the Korean War, a conflict that began in June 1950 and ended in July 1953. Among the dead were more than 40,000 American troops; another 100,000 were wounded.

May 21: Highway Robbery and Civil Forfeiture, by Benita Dodd

In most states, the person who loses property to a law enforcement agency does not have to be convicted of a crime first. Just 16 states require a criminal conviction. Georgia is not one. It was only in 2015 that Georgia began to require a “preponderance of evidence;” efforts to require a criminal conviction have been thwarted by law enforcement agencies.

May 14: National Charter Schools Week a Reminder Georgia has Much to Celebrate, More to Do, by Tony Roberts

The Georgia General Assembly continues to recognize the contribution of public charter schools and has taken significant steps to ensure charter students are receiving more equitable funding and resources. More is needed, however, to achieve true parity.

May 6, 2021: Don’t Make ‘Work’ a Four-Letter Word, by Benita Dodd

Promoting the work ethic that is foundational to America extends beyond getting Americans off the taxpayer dime – although that is an added benefit.

April, 30, 2021: Quarries Hold Water for a Regional Quandary, by Harold Brown

The most practical solution for water supply in a future, more populated area may involve water transfer from other river basins or development and improved usage of smaller storage basins.

April 23, 2021: Auto Insurance Provides a Model for Health Insurance Reform, by Ron Bachman

The basic principles everybody accepts and welcomes in auto insurance, then, are choice, rewards and incentives, personal responsibility, competition and universal access. Non-partisan health reform can follow the lead of auto insurance.

April 16, 2021: Tesla & Nikola: A 21st-Century Fairy Tale, by Dave Emanuel

Although battery-powered electric vehicles have no tailpipes, they emit CO2 just like vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. The difference is that they do it remotely.

April 8, 2021: 2020’s Baggage Weighs Down Legislative Session, by Chris Denson and Kyle Wingfield

The aftermath of November’s election and the COVID-19 pandemic carried over well into the new year.

March 26, 2021: Don’t Let Strings on Covid Cash Make Georgia Feds’ Puppet, by Kyle Wingfield

You can land yourself in financial trouble by receiving a windfall, as too many lottery winners can attest.

March 19, 2021: Sunshine Week, a Vital Disinfectant in Pandemic and Always, by Benita Dodd.

Sunshine Week is a welcome reminder that government transparency is necessary.

March 12, 2021: COVID-19: What a Difference a Year Made, by Chris Denson

While certain aspects of the past year are likely to continue post-COVID – more teleworking, for example – Georgians will have to examine the challenges.

March 5, 2021: Adding Up the Benefits of Education Options, by Ben Scafidi.

Arguing that private schools are not beholden to public accountability is silly. Each parent who sends a child to a private school is a member of the public who holds that school accountable.

February 26, 2021: Get on Board with Buses for Equitable Transit, by Baruch Feigenbaum

Communities of color are often lower-income and lower-income residents tend to use the bus far more frequently than rail.

February 19, 2021: Cents and Sensibility in Georgia Energy Policy, by Benita M. Dodd

Millions of residents in Texas struggled to cope without electricity in homes and businesses this past week as an Arctic blast led to widespread power blackouts across the state. Could such a deadly disaster take place in Georgia, another Southern state with its own, unique challenges in extreme weather?

February 12, 2021: Chalking Up Successes in Georgia School Choice, by Benita M. Dodd

At the very least, evidence indicates education options save money and have no negative impact.

February 5, 2021: Unhealthy Blockage Constricts Certificate-of-Need Relief, by Chris Denson.

Governor Kemp issued an executive order that Georgia’s CON law be suspended. The implementation of this mandate fell short of its directive, especially when it came to offering Georgians a safe option during a pandemic.

January 28, 2021: Where have all the Children Gone? by Chris Butler and Cindy Morley

Some parents choose to bypass Georgia’s traditional public schools in favor of alternative methods of education, including public charter schools, private schools and homeschooling. The COVID-19 pandemic, which began its U.S. spread early in 2020, has added to those numbers.  Tracking those students, however, is difficult.

January 27, 2021: Funding Students Instead of Institutions, by Corey DeAngelis

Funding students, as opposed to systems, would benefit families by empowering them to choose the education provider that best meets their needs – public or private, in-person or remote. But what kinds of economic impacts would such a policy have overall?

January 15, 2021: State of the State as Varied as Georgia’s Landscape, by Benita M. Dodd.

As he discussed budget amendments for the fiscal year ending in June, the governor made some perplexing promises. Bear in mind: The state still could founder in deep waters despite Kemp’s valiant – and heretofore successful – efforts to keep it afloat amid the COVID-19 crisis.

January 8, 2021: Hearing Opportunity Knock Amid Winds of Change, by Benita M. Dodd.

President Biden’s ambitious agenda is certain to expand further with majorities in both chambers. All is not lost, however, for states who prefer to continue on a fiscal conservative track. Georgia, first to open its economy and to keep it open after COVID-19 struck, is one.

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