Auto Insurance Provides a Model for Health Insurance Reform

By Ronald E. Bachman

Auto insurance has paved the way for health reform to follow. Nobody has suggested auto insurance is liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. Auto insurance is bipartisan and non-partisan, universally available and mandatory in all but two…

Tesla & Nikola: A 21st-Century Fairy Tale

By Dave Emanuel

Once upon a time monsters ruled the streets and highways of the world. They drank gasoline and diesel fuel, belched fire and spewed bad, bad chemicals and soot out of their tailpipes.

Some people looked at the monsters and…

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.

2020’s Baggage Weighs Down 2021 Legislative Session

By Chris Denson and Kyle Wingfield

The 2021 Georgia legislative session began with a sense of uncertainty as the aftermath of November’s election and the COVID-19 pandemic carried over well into the new year.

For state legislators, this meant focusing early on…

Don’t Let Strings on Covid Cash Make Georgia Feds’ Puppet

By Kyle Wingfield

The federal money being dumped on states is already burning a hole in some pockets. And with $4.7 billion in play, it’s an awfully big hole.

The trick for Georgia’s fiscally conservative leaders is to spend it without blowing…

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?

Sunshine Week, a Vital Disinfectant in Pandemic and Always

By Benita M. Dodd

“If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. The statement is worth reinforcing as Sunshine Week marks its…

COVID-19: What a Difference a Year Made

By Chris Denson

One year ago this week, Georgians began to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation shut down to begin working remotely – apropos, in hindsight – on Friday, March 13, expecting to be…

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.

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,…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.