Government action should take place in an atmosphere of transparency and accountability, with respect for private property, individual rights and freedom of speech. A top down analysis of federal, state and local regulations can help protect individuals from government overreach with respect to such concerns as eminent domain, local architectural ordinances, municipal broadband and civil asset forfeiture.

Case for Incentives Strikes Out

This commentary by John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, appeared in the Carolina Journal’s August 2018 edition. Read it online here.

Case for Incentives Strikes Out

By John Hood

North Carolina politicians and policy analysts have been arguing for decades about targeted…

2019: Continue a Course of Bold Policies

A new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a host of new committee chairs – there are numerous reasons the 2019 legislative session is full of intrigue. Add to them Georgia’s growing political competitiveness, the possibility of a national recession sooner rather than later, and some truly important challenges, and there should be plenty of urgency, too.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Foundation Op-Ed on Legislature 2019

A new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a host of new committee chairs – there are numerous reasons the 2019 legislative session is full of intrigue. Add to them Georgia’s growing political competitiveness, the possibility of a national recession sooner rather than later, and some truly important challenges, and there should be plenty of urgency, too.

Puerto Rico’s Steady Decline to ‘Puerto Pobre’ Began Long Before Maria

Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, but he physical, economic and social destruction caused by Maria followed economic and demographic problems that began long before the hurricane hit.

2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum Agenda

The 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is slated for Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

Sen. John McCain: ‘Our wealth and culture are the product of our freedom’

To honor the life and career of John McCain, we share excerpts from his remarks at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2006.

Hands-off Government Requires Hands-on Responsibility

There is no surer way to invite government intervention than to abandon personal responsibility.
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Sunshine Week 2018 Shines a Light on Ongoing Need for Transparency

Sunshine Week highlights government transparency and access to public information.

Sunshine Week a Reminder Transparency’s Still Clouded

By Benita M. Dodd

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against “excessive official secrecy.”

Sunshine Week is promoted by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the…

Tempers in a Teacup Dilute Women’s Issues

The issues that matter to women.

President’s Letter: Join Our Birthday Celebration November 11

We're proud to celebrate 25 years in Georgia. Join us and John Stossel!

Obscure State Laws Hurt Patients, Make Hospitals Worse

When providers have to compete for patients, the level of care increases.

Resistance Grows to Civil Asset Forfeiture

By Ross Coker

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While the discussion and debate over reform for civil asset forfeiture remain ongoing, most Americans still probably do not even know what it means, much less how it is being wielded by law enforcement.

Among the…

Reacting to the 2015 FBI Crime Report

By Ross Coker

Ross Coker

Atlanta – The FBI released its comprehensive report on 2015 crime and crime rates across the nation today (September 26). The report, “Crime in the United States,” highlights some potentially troubling statistics, among them, a…

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Supports Donor Privacy for Nonprofits

The Wall Street Journal edition of September 23, 2016,  published an op-ed by Tracie Sharp, head of the State Policy Network (of which the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a member) and our Darcy Olsen, head of our sister think…

Guide to the Issues: Pension Reform

Principles:

Any reforms to pensions should consider the long-term solvency of a plan and protect the already promised benefits for employees already in the system. The benefits in a public employee retirement system should be sustainable, secure and affordable:

Provide retirement security…

Guide to the Issues: Occupational Licensing

Principles

Citizens have a right to pursue a legal occupation and the burden should fall on the government to justify any restrictions to that right. Restrictions on economic liberty should be targeted at protecting health and safety and policy-makers should demand proof…

California Lawmakers Reach Consensus over Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill: A Model for Georgia Reform?

California State Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell and various law enforcement groups in California have reached an agreement regarding the fate of a bill introducing various reform measures to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, according to The Los Angeles Times…

Above All, Do No Digital Harm

Congressional action could have unintended negative consequences.

‘Guide to the Issues’ Offers Georgia-focused Solutions

By Benita Dodd

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The media hype surrounding the political parties’ national conventions spotlights the enormous discord created by personalities and politics as the presidential election approaches. Getting short shrift amid slogans and the scramble for dollars and votes…