GEFA: A Growing Obstacle to Private Efficiency

The original goal was for GEFA to be the lender of last resort for local governments with less than perfect credit ratings and lack of access to the private financial markets. Since its inception, however, GEFA rapidly surpassed its original mission.

Reforming Policing While Preserving Law Enforcement

There are good policies worth pursuing that will enhance accountability for law enforcement and judicial systems while respecting the difficult nature of the work required of these positions.

The Path to Responsibility Can Start with a Broom and a Paycheck

It is hard to be a young black male in the United States today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for African-American men between 16 and 24 is 30.5%. That rate is more than twice what it is for whites in the same age group.

COVID-19: Spanish Flu 2.0

The COVID-19 pandemic bears a striking resemblance to the Spanish flu epidemic that peaked in October 1918.

COVID-19 Waivers Can Begin the End of Regulatory Excess

Many of the executive orders Gov. Brian Kemp signed during the pandemic suspended or altered regulations only during the public health state of emergency. Having operated without them since the middle of March, it makes sense to consider how many are even necessary any longer.

A Conservative Vision for Social Justice

What barriers do America’s poor face in moving up and out of poverty, and what proven principles should inform our policies for the poor?

Federal Fix Can Help States and Encourage Work

Congress should revisit the hastily enacted $600 supplemental unemployment benefit.
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Simple Change in Law Can Save Georgia Taxpayers Over $80 Million

Dedicate Georgia’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) funds to EIP services and require all local systems to follow state guidelines when classifying students as EIP.

Georgia Rail Passenger Program

The Georgia Rail Passenger Program consists of a comprehensive plan for two distinct kinds of rail transportation: commuter and intercity trains, and proposed high-speed rail systems.

School Choice Can Help Ease Georgia’s Looming Fiscal Issues

If the Georgia Legislature does nothing, state and local taxpayers will be on the hook for at least $142 million to educate 17,000 more children in public schools in upcoming years, in addition to all the increased needs of unemployed Georgians.

Georgia’s Reopening Approach Holds Lesson for Other States

Kemp always insisted the strictest measures on Georgians had to last only as long as necessary and no longer. The data indicate that Georgia has flattened the curve, meaning new cases are developing at a slow enough pace its healthcare providers and resources can handle them.

Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA)

GRTA is a state-level authority that addresses mobility and air quality in metro Atlanta. GRTA approves the allocation of state and federal transportation resources in metro Atlanta via the Atlanta Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the federally-required planning process that allocates funds to the highest-priority, near-term transportation projects.

Issue Analysis: Fiscal Policy Considerations in COVID-19’s Wake

Although some new federal funding flowing into Georgia could offset revenue losses, it remains to be seen how much will remain available after additional expenses are covered.
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Medicaid Expansion’s No Cure for COVID-19’s Spread

Only three states were still projected as of April 22 to experience a hospital-bed shortage, according to the oft-cited model by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. All are expansion states in the Northeast.

Bus Rapid Transit Shows Promise

The US DOT and FTA seek new ways to design and operate high capacity Bus Rapid Transit systems as an alternative to building Light Rail systems that often prove to be more expensive and less effective and solving congestion.

Issue Analysis: Proposed Reforms to Georgia’s Teacher Pension System Missed the Mark

If anything, the current fiscal distress facing the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to adjusting TRS assumptions, funding policy, and plan design elements.

Build the Foundation for a Sound Ongoing COVID-19 Response

In the coming weeks, the Foundation will release a series of policy briefs proposing specific “mid-term” responses as the state continues to tackle coronavirus and its aftermath. It has become clear, however, that even great ideas and good intentions require evidence they are being executed, and that they are being implemented in the spirit in which they were intended.

Bus Rapid Transit – Faster and Less Expensive than Light Rail

For years, the U.S. public transit industry has exhibited a clear preference for light rail systems even where bus systems could perform more effectively and at lower cost.

Hybrid Home Schools Offer Families Options Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty

While everyone hopes to return to “normal” as soon as possible, the possibility certainly exists that come fall, the coronavirus will return.

Near-term Responses to Ease COVID-19 Impact in Georgia

The Foundation marshaled its Senior Fellows and colleagues around the nation and compiled a list of policies that could be implemented quickly to ease the burden on providers, educators, businesses and families as the pandemic continues.