Economic freedom, limited government, personal responsibility, individual initiative, respect for private property and the rule of law are core principles of a free enterprise system. A healthy economy is dependent on a skilled workforce, educational opportunity, sound tax policy, reduced government spending and a competitive business environment that encourages reinvestment and expansion free from a heavy-handed government that restricts such aspirations.

Government’s Best Industrial Policy: Remove Barriers

By Adam Thierer

Can American companies compete? Lawmakers of all stripes are asking this question today in response to growing Chinese economic and military power. What’s more, they are calling for an industrial policy to boost innovation in semiconductors, 5G wireless…

Window of Opportunity for Tax Reform in Georgia

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.

Supply Chain Snags and Silver Linings

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.

Economic Freedom: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

 By Benita Dodd

COVID-19’s impact is not yet evident in the 2021 “Economic Freedom of the World” report by Canada’s Fraser Institute published September 14. The 2021 rankings are based on 2019 data, the most comprehensive available. Given the global impact…

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…

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This Labor Day, A Tribute to Work

The problem of joblessness – whether by design or circumstance – is not just about the money, despite the mindset of those who game the system. It’s also about the role model that a gainfully employed person represents.

When Will the Legislature Break Up with Tax Breaks?

To be fair, some tax subsidies can be justified. But if taxes are higher than they would otherwise be, that leaves less income available for people to spend on other activities that also create jobs.

Georgia’s Distance is No Protection from Coronavirus Fallout

Reports Thursday of the first human-to-human transmission of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus in the United States are a stark reminder of the vulnerability of this nation and this state to global incidents.

The Empty Promise of ‘Democratic’ Socialism

While there are countries that have reduced income inequality by using taxation to redistribute wealth, this robbing from the rich and giving to the poor paradigm has proven unsustainable.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has been an advocate for our state’s communities for four decades, helping spur private job creation, implement comprehensive plans, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism.

Baby Steps in Teacher Pension Reform

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The implication is that the first step won’t be the last. That’s the right way to think about House Bill 109, which is intended to address the increasingly worrisome debt for Georgia’s teacher pension system.

Georgia’s Economic Freedom: Mostly Better

Georgia’s national ranking in the Economic Freedom of North America is unchanged over last year, at No. 7 in the 2018 report released by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Canada’s Fraser Institute.

Hurricane Deals Georgia Agriculture an Unprecedented Blow

Hurricane Michael sustained major, hurricane-force winds as it entered southwest Georgia’s agricultural heartland. It appears the losses to Georgia agriculture alone will exceed $2 billion.

Georgia’s Teacher Pension Plan Faces Significant Financial Risk

The Teachers Retirement System (TRS) of Georgia alarmed legislators and stakeholders when it requested over $588 million in increased contributions in the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions combined, largely the result of missed actuarial assumptions.

Georgia Benefits from Nuclear Plant Expansion

Completion of the nuclear reactor expansion project at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant is still commercially viable, and it will have numerous benefits to the citizens of Georgia and to the nation as a whole.

The Black Hole of Camden County’s Spaceport

Camden is aiming for the stars but shooting itself in the foot. The county administrator and commissioners have spent almost $5 million taxpayer dollars pursuing a fantasy with almost zero chance of success.

2018 Forum Focuses on Georgia’s Imminent Challenges

Policy experts take on education, health care, criminal justice and pensions.

The South Did Rise Again!

Economic indicators are not consistently favorable to the South, but the net movement of Americans southward for a half-century is indicative of a land of opportunity.

Restoring the Dignity of Work

The American dream is our nation’s most enduring promise. But, too many people are struggling to turn the American dream into a reality. Instead of casting blame for our struggles, let us set a pathway forward.

Georgia’s ‘Good’ Grade on Economic Freedom Needs Improvement

Why isn't Georgia No. 1 in economic freedom? What can Georgia glean from its rankings compared to those states finishing ahead of the Peach State?