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 Must Move from Moderation to Innovation

By Tom Greene

 As we close in on November, Georgia’s voters are firming up opinions about which Gubernatorial candidate should lead us into the 21st Century.

 No doubt each candidate brings certain strengths and weaknesses to the race. And each brings a…

Georgia Needs Leaders with a Vision for Innovation

By Kelly McCutchen

In just six months, Georgia voters will choose the political leadership to guide the state through a critical time in its history. Balancing the budget will again be painful, along with ongoing challenges in education, transportation, water and…

Budget Task Force Recommends Slate of State Efficiencies

By Mike Klein 

Fewer state government employees, lower salaries, reduced benefit packages and a possible sales tax increase on “selected services” are among about four dozen proposals that a state Senate budget task force proposes could save almost $3.2 billion over…

Environmental Gobbledygook, Economic Gridlock

By Benita M. Dodd

Which is the environmentally sound approach, policy-makers seeing job creation as the key to economic recovery or environmental groups pushing for stringent prohibitions on interbasin transfers in Georgia? It may seem like a no-brainer, but even for…

Biotechnology Research is No Trial-and-Error Approach To Georgia Jobs and Investment

By Tom Greene

As Georgia struggles to climb out of the economic morass, it will take a new breed of leaders to recognize that the economic future of the state lies not in manufacturing, agriculture or military contracting but…

Stimulus Boondoggle Comes Calling in Georgia

By Mark Chastain

If Georgians want to see precisely how little sense most of the activities covered by the federal stimulus bill make, look no farther than the North Georgia mountains. Vice President Joe Biden was recently in Dawsonville to announce…

Smokes and Mirrors in Resolving Budget Woes

By E. Frank Stephenson 

The General Assembly convened this year facing the daunting challenge of closing a billion-dollar budget hole, partly caused by the slumping economy and the consequent decrease in tax revenues. Few, if any, forecasters or policy-makers foresaw a…

How Georgia Can Fuel Job Creation with Early-Stage Capital

By Mike Eckert

Georgia is blessed with all of the elements to become a leader in 21st-century job creation and economic development. Schools in its University System and other colleges and universities within the state are among the finest in the…

Unlock Assets to Fund Infrastructure Priorities

By Kelly McCutchen

As the painful economic downturn forces businesses to become more efficient and refocus on their mission, state government should be no different. Across-the-board budget cuts are reaching diminishing returns. It’s time to look seriously at eliminating programs that…

Labor Day: A Celebration that Needs Work

By Benita M. Dodd

It’s become a holiday for great sales, the last trip to the lake, the last neighborhood pool weekend and a few parades. It’s the unofficial end of summer. The history of Labor Day, marked since 1884 on…

State Pension Funds Need to Venture Forth

By Daniel Groce 

Georgia prides itself in being set apart from other states for its diversity and innovation, but a sore thumb is its lack of diversification in investment through state employee pension funds.   

Georgia is the only state in this…

How Communications Technology Can Build a Grand Conversation for Georgia

By James K. Glassman

 This talk today is timely. In Iran, as I speak, we are seeing hundreds of thousands of citizens protesting what is almost certainly a stolen election. It is an uprising encouraged and enabled by new social-networking technologies…

Georgia State and Local Finances

The objective of this report is to inform policy-makers and citizens on government finances, revenues and expenditures in the state. This report focuses on Georgia’s combined state and local finances relative to other states in 2004. Rankings should be perceived…

Telework: Transporting Workers into a Global Economy

Just a dozen years ago it was considered avant garde for an organization to allow employees to work from home. Today, increasing numbers of employees are quietly migrating away from noisy distracting offices to crank out productive work wherever they happen to be.  

Georgia’s Economics: Right on the Money

Lately, our state has been inundated with criticisms regarding air quality, education, water resources, and urban sprawl not to mention the possible government ‘solutions’ to such problems. Between the daily criticisms and the reality of long commutes and never-ending construction, one may wonder why so many people are relocating to Georgia by choice. Well, we have the answer.

Paycheck Protection: Union Dues, Political Spending, and Employee Freedom of Choice

 In 1988, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Communication Workers of America v. Beck2 that workers required to pay union dues by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement were only required to pay those union dues necessary for the performance of the union’s duties in collective bargaining, contract administration, and grievance adjustment.

Private, Portable Public Employee Pensions May Help States Stay Solvent

On May 30 the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) National Task Force on Commerce and Economic Development adopted the model Public Employees’ Portable Retirement Option Act (PRO).
The new model bill could not only revolutionize the structure of public employee pension funds, but may also pave the way for privatization of the nation’s Social Security system.

A Response To the City of Atlanta’s Critique of “Rescuing the City of Atlanta From A Fiscal Crisis”

In May of 1995, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation published a report authored by John Sherman, “Rescuing Atlanta From A Fiscal Crisis,” the purpose of which was set forth in the first paragraph:

“America’s cities are in trouble. Faced with increased…

Let’s Return Real Fiscal Authority to the States

I've been asked to give a wrap-up of the conference and to talk about the road ahead. Although much of the discussion at this conference has been on taxes and spending at the state level, I would like to shift the emphasis a little bit by arguing that one cannot fully grasp what's happening at the state level regarding taxes and spending unless one first considers the fiscal relationship between states and the federal government.

Rescuing Atlanta From A Fiscal Crisis

America’s cities are in trouble. Faced with increased demands for services, cutbacks in state and federal funds, and a dwindling tax base, many cities have resorted to higher and higher taxes. Several progressive city governments, however, have found ways to…