The Georgia Public Policy Foundation was created in 1991 on the belief that good public policy is based upon fact, an understanding of sound economic principles and the core principles of our free enterprise system – economic freedom, limited government, personal responsibility, individual initiative, respect for private property and the rule of law.

State-focused, independent, non-partisan and market-oriented in its approach, the Foundation conducts scholarly research and analysis of state public policy issues, and works to educate citizens, policy-makers and the media.

Some of our recent successes in several key areas of focus include:

The Foundation was a leader in the development of sweeping criminal justice reforms passed in 2012 and thereafter. These reforms have since become a national model, with more than 20 states and the federal government following our lead.

Long a champion of education choice and charter school programs, the Foundation led the way for a STEM charter and tech high school in Atlanta. More recently, the Foundation pushed for increases to a highly popular state tax-credit scholarship program and building a consensus for education scholarship accounts, both of which expand educational options for students and families.

The Foundation pushed for the creation of a state transparency database and disclosure of in-depth system- and school-level spending, supported the City of Sandy Springs as it became one of the nation’s first “private cities” by outsourcing nearly all government functions, and continues to push for privatization of golf courses, water parks, hotels and conference centers, tourist attractions, prisons and many other government functions.

The Foundation has led the way on reforming Georgia's Certificate of Need laws restricting competition for health care providers, endorsed efforts to free the state from federal regulations tied to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and promoted the 2019 passage of Direct Primary Care.

The Foundation helped push for one of the nation's toughest laws on eminent domain abuse, supported Telecommunications deregulation, pushed for the elimination of burdensome professional licensing restrictions and helped lead the way for converting state employees to a hybrid pension plan.

The Foundation has always supported lower, flatter and broader state income taxes to ensure economic competitiveness, as well as the elimination of estate and intangibles taxes. Recent efforts have focused on lower rates, ending exemptions and implementing a consumption tax upon goods and services.