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.

Forgotten man

Legislators Should Heed the Forgotten Man

What about the forgotten man who doesn't try to game the system?

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…

Georgia Has Opportunity to Set the Tone for Use of Drones

By Ross Coker

The popularity of consumer-grade multi-rotor or quadcopter devices, the unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as “drones,” has skyrocketed over the last several years. While previously a niche product for aviation and remote controlled vehicle (“RC”) enthusiasts, the…

News Release: Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release February 10, 2017

Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050 

Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

Atlanta – Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, had the following response to today’s Senate confirmation and swearing in of Tom Price as…

Justice Day 2017

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation participated in the annual Justice Day Initiative in Atlanta on February 2, 2017, at which hundreds of attendees from numerous organizations aligned around the common cause of criminal justice reform.

The event was inspiring in uniting…

Georgia’s New Toll Lanes Help ‘Reverse’ Traffic Congestion

By Benita M. Dodd

On Saturday, January 28, the reversible express toll lanes on I-75 south of Atlanta opened. The lanes’ direction was northbound, as signs on I-75 South showed.

In a milestone event that occurred quietly on Saturday, January…

The Most Frightening Part of a Ghost Tour? The Licensing Requirements

By Ross Coker

If you or your family have ever taken a vacation to a locale rich in history and lore such as Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, you might have enjoyed the spooky entertainment of a ghost tour. In the event that…

Expand Retirement Options, Shrink Teacher Doldrums

Changing Georgia's teacher retirement plan could make the profession more attractive.

The Top Ten in 2016!

Foundation's most popular commentaries of 2016.

R.I.P. Ed Noble, Developer, Visionary, Founding Member of Foundation’s Board

Ed Noble, an Atlanta visionary and developer of Lenox Square, one of the nation’s first shopping centers, died on December 4, 2016 at age 88. Mr. Noble was a member of the founding board of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.…

Lessons and Opportunities from The Election

It’s not always as good, or bad, as it seems. The same can be said of this year’s national election.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Foundation’s Op-ed on Atlanta TSPLOST

The Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (October 30, 2016) contained an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on the November 8 transportation sales tax votes in Atlanta, “Atlanta shouldn’t railroad themselves into old solutions.” The op-ed can be…

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

Ross Coker

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…

Checking Up On Health: September 28, 2016

On acne, Breast Cancer Month and Medicaid expansion.

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…

Price Gouging Laws: Good Politics, Bad Economics

Laws against "price gouging" benefit some, harm many more.