Legislature Acts to Increase Transparency in Drug Pricing

Due to their sheer size and central role in the supply chain, pharmacy benefit managers are responsible not only for the price of the drugs that health plan participants receive, but often which drugs they get.

Foundation Adapts, With 2020’s Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Zoom

Instead of surrendering to COVID-19, the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum will adapt: It will be hosted on Zoom as a series of FREE weekly webinar beginning July 15, 2020, with the opening keynote by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

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

GEFA: A Growing Obstacle to Private Efficiency

The original goal was for GEFA to be the lender of last resort for local governments with less than perfect credit ratings and lack of access to the private financial markets. Since its inception, however, GEFA rapidly surpassed its original mission.

Reforming Policing While Preserving Law Enforcement

There are good policies worth pursuing that will enhance accountability for law enforcement and judicial systems while respecting the difficult nature of the work required of these positions.

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.

COVID-19: Spanish Flu 2.0

The COVID-19 pandemic bears a striking resemblance to the Spanish flu epidemic that peaked in October 1918.

COVID-19 Waivers Can Begin the End of Regulatory Excess

Many of the executive orders Gov. Brian Kemp signed during the pandemic suspended or altered regulations only during the public health state of emergency. Having operated without them since the middle of March, it makes sense to consider how many are even necessary any longer.

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.

Federal Fix Can Help States and Encourage Work

Congress should revisit the hastily enacted $600 supplemental unemployment benefit.

Simple Change in Law Can Save Georgia Taxpayers Over $80 Million

Dedicate Georgia’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) funds to EIP services and require all local systems to follow state guidelines when classifying students as EIP.

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.

School Choice Can Help Ease Georgia’s Looming Fiscal Issues

If the Georgia Legislature does nothing, state and local taxpayers will be on the hook for at least $142 million to educate 17,000 more children in public schools in upcoming years, in addition to all the increased needs of unemployed Georgians.

Georgia’s Reopening Approach Holds Lesson for Other States

Kemp always insisted the strictest measures on Georgians had to last only as long as necessary and no longer. The data indicate that Georgia has flattened the curve, meaning new cases are developing at a slow enough pace its healthcare providers and resources can handle them.

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.

Issue Analysis: Fiscal Policy Considerations in COVID-19’s Wake

Although some new federal funding flowing into Georgia could offset revenue losses, it remains to be seen how much will remain available after additional expenses are covered.

Medicaid Expansion’s No Cure for COVID-19’s Spread

Only three states were still projected as of April 22 to experience a hospital-bed shortage, according to the oft-cited model by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. All are expansion states in the Northeast.

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.

Issue Analysis: Proposed Reforms to Georgia’s Teacher Pension System Missed the Mark

If anything, the current fiscal distress facing the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to adjusting TRS assumptions, funding policy, and plan design elements.

Build the Foundation for a Sound Ongoing COVID-19 Response

In the coming weeks, the Foundation will release a series of policy briefs proposing specific “mid-term” responses as the state continues to tackle coronavirus and its aftermath. It has become clear, however, that even great ideas and good intentions require evidence they are being executed, and that they are being implemented in the spirit in which they were intended.