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.

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?

Eric Tanenblatt Urges Legislators to ‘Embrace Economic Disruption’

"It's time for government to stop stifling the new economy." Eric Tanenblatt discusses how government and elected officials stifle and resist innovation "by protecting a legacy structure."

Economic Diversity, State Leadership: A Recipe for Georgia’s Success

A growing, diverse economy with strong leadership can only help Georgia. Moving into the 21st-century economy, Georgia added highly innovative communities of industry to the state. The state has become a leader in health care information technology, financial technology, information security, video game development, interactive marketing, logistics, communications and television and film production.

What Economics Can Teach Us about Ebola

Social engineers see society as disorganized, unplanned and inefficient. The solution? Let experts take over. Social engineers inevitably believe that a plan can work even though everyone who is expected to carry it out has a self-interest in defeating it.

2014 Forum VIDEO: Tearing Down Walls to Economic Growth

Tax Foundation economist Liz Malm and former North Carolina state Senator Thom Goolsby talked about what Georgia could do to maintain competitive tax strategies.

The Sharing Economy

Our colleagues at the Free State Foundation have released a thoughtful new paper, “The Sharing Economy: A Positive Shared Vision for the Future,” that discusses the issues surrounding the emergence of services such as Uber and Airbnb.

Jeffrey Dorfman: Ten Economic Truths Liberals Need to Learn

Today's political climate is highly partisan. Debates are full of personal attacks, harsh words and complete disagreements. With that in mind, here are ten economic facts that liberals need to learn. By University of Georgia applied economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman.

Minimum Wage: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Swiss voters sent a powerful message last week when they overwhelmingly voted to reject a $24 per hour minimum wage that would have caused lower paid workers to lose their jobs. By Jeffrey Dorfman, Professor of Applied Economics, University of Georgia.

Obama Minimum Wage Compassion is a Tax Boost for Government

President Obama continues to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage but as University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman explains here, the biggest winners from Obama's proposal would be government tax collectors.

Georgia 8th in Latest Economic Freedom Report

Georgia ranked 12th overall and 8th in the United States in the the ninth annual Economic Freedom of North America report. The study examines key indicators of economic freedom based on the size of government, taxation, regulation, rule of law and property…