Adding up the Benefits of Education Options

By Ben Scafidi

Proposals in the Georgia General Assembly to give Georgia families more opportunities to choose schools and educational settings for their children have come under fire, including in a recent newspaper column by University of North Georgia professor T.…

Get on Board with Buses for Equitable Transit

By Baruch Feigenbaum

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says one of his top priorities is addressing inequities such as “transit deserts,” particularly in communities of color.

It is true that communities of color often have subpar mass transit service compared to wealthier,…

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.

Chalking Up Successes in Georgia School Choice

By Benita M. Dodd

On the home front overall, the news about education options is encouraging. Georgia’s public charter schools’ enrollment increased during the COVID-19 pandemic even as enrollment in traditional public schools declined.

This week, public charter schools won back their…

‘State of the State’ as Varied as Georgia’s Landscape

At his State of the State address Thursday before a joint session of the Georgia Legislature, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp soothed agencies and Georgians with a pledge that his budget would contain no cuts, no furloughs and no new taxes.

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?

Hearing Opportunity Knock Amid Winds of Change

In one fell swoop, the outcomes of Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs on January 5 changed the landscape for the entire nation, at least for the next two years. 

New Year, New Initiative: Policy, Transparency and News

To mark the Georgia Public Policy Foundation's upcoming 30th anniversary, the organization is renewing its push to bridge the information gap across the state.

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.

Evidence Shows Benefits of Ga. Tax Credit Scholarship Program

The Qualified Education Expense (QEE) program saves Georgia taxpayers significant funds and displays far higher educational attainment among GOAL scholarship students relative to public school students.

Montana’s Rescue of State Health Plan Holds Lessons

Montana's plan was in severe financial trouble at the beginning of 2015, and its turnaround holds lessons for other states, including Georgia.

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.

An Analysis of the Fiscal and Economic Impact of Georgia’s Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit

Georgia’s Qualified Education Expense (QEE) Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows individual and corporate taxpayers to receive a Georgia income tax credit for donating to nonprofit, tax exempt student scholarship organizations (SSOs). SSOs use these funds to provide scholarships to pre-K through 12th grade Georgia students, where these scholarships offset the cost of attending independent (private) schools.

Perfect Storm: COVID World Meets Hybrid Homeschools

Eric Wearne’s latest book offers a fascinating insight into a form of schooling developing in communities throughout the United States and gaining momentum in an unexpected period of educational uncertainty. 

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.

Pandemic Pods, Parents’ Response to Fickle Schools

With more school districts around the country announcing classes either of full-time remote learning or hybrid learning where children spend up to a week at home at a time, increasing numbers of parents are taking matters into their own hands.

Georgia’s Election Mess

Why was Georgia's ballot count such a mess?

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.

Policies and Politics in the Climate Change Dispute

The remnants of Hurricane Zeta arrived in Georgia Thursday. The Category 2 hurricane, the fifth named storm to slam into Louisiana this year, had lost much of its punch by the time it reached Georgia, but still left almost a million Georgia homes without power.

Personalized Health Insurance, Ready to Roll Out Today

Neither politicians nor insurance industry leaders are discussing a risk segmentation approach. Why? Because it upsets the status quo.