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.

COVID-19: Spanish Flu 2.0

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

Tax Foundation – Georgia Tax Rankings

Each state’s tax code is a multifaceted system with many moving parts, and Georgia is no exception. The first step towards understanding Georgia’s tax code is knowing the basics.

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.

Federal Fix Can Help States and Encourage Work

Congress should revisit the hastily enacted $600 supplemental unemployment benefit.

Employees Retirement System of Georgia (ERSGA)

ERSGA administers separate and distinct cost-sharing, multiple employer defined benefit pension plans for various employer agencies of the State of Georgia, as well as defined contribution plans, and a life insurance plan.
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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.

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.

Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS)

TRS administers the fund from which teachers in the state’s public schools, many employees of the University System of Georgia, and certain other designated employees in educational-related work environments receive retirement benefits.

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.

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.

Regional Price Parities by State and Metro Area

This data offers comparisons of buying power across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, or from one metro area to another, for a given year.
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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.

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.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

The State of Georgia's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is an annual publication of the State Accounting Office.

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.

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.

Georgia Governor’s Budget Reports

Each year, the Governor recommends to the General Assembly a budget for the State of Georgia. This proposed budget and an amended version of the current year’s budget are detailed in the Governor’s Annual Budget Reports.

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.

Near-Term Proposals as Georgia Tackles COVID-19

The Foundation has compiled a list of policy proposals as the state of Georgia copes with the uncertainties surrounding the novel coronavirus.