How Kudzu Grew from ‘Miracle Vine’ to ‘Monster’

Sometimes, popular solutions to public problems morph into public problems. One enduring example is the exotic, iconic plant known to the South as kudzu.

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 –…

Estimated State Grants Under the Education Stabilization Fund Included in the CARES Act – CRS

New Express Lanes to Ease Taxpayer Toll

Some roads – and expedited improvements – are more valuable than others. This is one. 

Our 50 State Flag: How One Ohio Teen’s Quest to Change His Grade Became Our National Symbol

A teenage Bob Heft's quest to change his grade resulted in one of the most enduring symbols of freedom.

American Institute for Full Employment

The Institute conducts leading research, studies best practices, and develops practical solutions in the areas of unemployment insurance, workforce development and public assistance.

To Do No Harm, Protect Donor Privacy

Imagine you make a donation to a nonprofit organization that inspired you enough to want to support their good work. Now, imagine this gift became public information.

The Joy in Juneteenth

Any freedom-minded American should find joy in a day officially dedicated to commemorating the liberation of a people from slavery.

DFCS Descriptive Data

Year to year data reports from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The descriptive data includes information from 2009 through 2018.

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…

For Schools to Return to Normalcy, Community Must Do Its Part

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.

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid and TANF; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.

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. More than half of those killed were civilians – a civilian death rate higher than World War…

Highway Robbery and Civil Forfeiture

By Benita M. Dodd

“Highway robbery” brings to mind the romantic legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, a righteous group that “stole from the rich to give to the poor.” It’s also what happens when law enforcement agencies embrace…

Georgia Department of Labor

The mission of the Georgia Department of Labor is to work with public and private partners in building a workforce system that contributes to Georgia's economic prosperity.

National Charter Schools Week a Reminder Georgia Has Much to Celebrate, More to Do

By Tony Roberts

As we observe the second National Charter Schools Week since the COVID-19 crisis began, it’s important to reflect on the unique role Georgia’s public charter schools have played in serving communities and ensuring students make academic progress.

Public charter…

Don’t Make ‘Work’ a Four-Letter Word

By Benita M. Dodd

For restaurants, the busiest day of the year is Mother’s Day. According to the National Restaurant Association, 10% of consumers will dine out for breakfast, 25% for brunch, 45% for lunch, and 47% for dinner.

And, based on…

Government, Poverty and Self-Reliance

The paper by Larry Reed reprinted here was originally commissioned for the inaugural conference of The
Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College in April 2005. The conference was titled “The Road From
Poverty to Freedom: A Look Backward and Forward at the War on Poverty,” and it was natural to include
Larry, a 1975 graduate of the college who majored in economics and studied under the renowned Austrian
economist Hans Sennholz.

Quarries Hold Water for a Regional Quandary

By Harold Brown

Ever since it was a small town, Atlanta has worried about its water. In a 1951 U.S. Geological Survey publication, the author wrote about the establishment in 1893 of a small plant to filter the water of the…

Auto Insurance Provides a Model for Health Insurance Reform

By Ronald E. Bachman

Auto insurance has paved the way for health reform to follow. Nobody has suggested auto insurance is liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. Auto insurance is bipartisan and non-partisan, universally available and mandatory in all but two…