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.

Legislative Policy Briefing Brings Free-Market Experts to Georgia

By Benita M. Dodd

The free-market think tanks that focus on state policy issues often exchange and replicate their successful ideas and case studies in effective government. Reinventing the wheel to implement each issue in each state is unproductive and inefficient,…

Long-Term Budget Reality Requires Bold Innovation

By Kelly McCutchen

 With state revenues finally ending their freefall and a balanced budget working its way through the House, it’s reasonable to expect the job will be easier next year. Georgia’s fiscal year 2011 budget is balanced. Unfortunately, it’s with…

New Center Brings a Dose of Budget Reality to Georgia

By Benita M. Dodd

Years of research by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation have yielded a sad truth: If free market academics are few and far between in Georgia, free market economists have been scarcer than hen’s teeth. But a new…

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…

GEFA: Paring Back Mission Creep Could Yield State Half a Billion Dollars

By Kelly McCutchen

As state government faces falling tax revenues, it is critical to identify core government functions, prioritize those services and reduce spending on other lower priority programs. The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) is a perfect example of a…

Removing the Political Shortage of Water

By H. Sterling Burnett and Ross Wingo

About 82 percent of Americans receive drinking water via publicly owned water systems, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many of these municipal and regional systems operate at a loss, meaning…

Open Up Government Transparency to Technological Advances

By Kelly McCutchen

Technology pundits may be debating whether we are in Web 2.0 or 3.0, but all too often, government is stuck in Web 1.0. Many governments are starting to pay lip service to “transparency” and some are reluctantly publicizing…

Transparency a Key to Cobb County’s Success

By Sam Olens  

The goal of good government is the efficient use of taxpayer money to best serve the community. Transparency helps meet this goal by providing mutual accountability through a check and balance system and encouraging fiscal responsibility.  

Georgia’s…

Competition Drives Cost Savings in Auto Insurance

By Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr. If one thing stands out from recent news reports on auto insurance in Georgia, it’s that economic regulation and rate review are not needed to protect the state’s consumers from rate gouging.   

With nearly…

Government Responds Practically to Georgia’s Budget Woes

By Steve Stancil

The belt-tightening called for by Governor Sonny Perdue is being accomplished with some astonishingly commonsense measures in Georgia government. The Georgia Building Authority followed the example of ordinary Georgians, who often must implement simple cost-cutting measures to make…

Clearing the Road to Transparency

By Benita M. Dodd 

For any Georgians still wondering about the need to see what government is up to with their tax dollars, it’s highlighted by the most recent example: Cobb County’s special election on extending a Special Purpose Local Option…

Time For a New Lease on Government Facilities

By Steve Stancil

Since its creation in 2003, the Commission for a New Georgia has brought fresh eyes and ideas to ways government can manage assets and operations to increase efficiency, reduce and avoid costs and improve service. Its recommendations have…

A Kind Cut

In an editorial published March 28, 2008, Investor’s Business Daily declares, “It would be a shame” if Georgia lawmakers go home without giving their constituents tax relief. “Georgia has the chance to be an island of sanity,” Investor’s Business Daily…

Transparency Makes Good Cents for Georgia

By Benita M. Dodd

Sunshine Week, the effort to promote open government, is celebrated nationally this year from March 16-22. But the campaign launched (appropriately) in the Sunshine State in 2002 draws to an end with the risk that the Peach…

Solutions for Georgia’s 1.7 Million Uninsured

By Ronald E. Bachman

An unprecedented collaboration of associations representing hospitals, physicians, insurers and sales agents, convened in late 2007 with a goal of developing solutions for the estimated 1.7 million uninsured residents of Georgia. The recommendations of this Georgia Uninsured…

Commentary: Competition Can Solve Atlanta’s Budget Crunch

By Leonard C. Gilroy

Our culture makes the simplest problems complex and the simplest solutions expensive. None seem simpler than the cause of obesity and its cure, but nutritionists, psychologists, government and popular culture have made its cure both a complex…

Good Intentions on Road to Energy Hell

By Kenneth P. Green

It is rare that one finds a policy concept that unites policy-makers not only of the left and right, but between countries, particularly, these days, in the contentious field of energy policy. But there is such…

Border Security is First Step in Halting Illegal Immigration

By Senator Johnny Isakson

When I was running for Senate in 2004, illegal immigration was second only to the war on terror on the list of issues folks asked me about on the campaign trail. In the two years I’ve served…

Video Franchising and the Costly Lesson of Branch Banking

By Kelly McCutchen

Tired of slow downloads, limited access to broadband, high prices or poor service? You should be concerned. Georgia could easily lose out on billions of dollars of vital investment in telecommunications infrastructure if this state fails…

Scary Truth Amid Government Accountability

By Benita M. Dodd and Geoffrey Segal

If ever there was a moment of unvarnished political pass-the-buck, it came during Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin’s annual State of the City address to the Atlanta City Council.

Franklin told the audience the city’s annual…