Welfare programs should be designed to be temporary and targeted to benefit those most in need, but helping individuals move from dependency to self-sufficiency should be the primary focus of safety-net programs. As taxpayer funded services, such government programs must have accountability and oversight to ensure efficiency and integrity, with performance metrics that discourage fraud and determine that programs are, in fact, reducing poverty and encouraging self-sufficiency.

American Institute for Full Employment

The Institute conducts leading research, studies best practices, and develops practical solutions in the areas of unemployment insurance, workforce development and public assistance.

DFCS Descriptive Data

Year to year data reports from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The descriptive data includes information from 2009 through 2018.

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) investigates reports of child abuse; finds foster and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children; issues SNAP, Medicaid and TANF; helps out-of-work parents get back on their feet; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help families in need.

Georgia Department of Labor

The mission of the Georgia Department of Labor is to work with public and private partners in building a workforce system that contributes to Georgia's economic prosperity.

Government, Poverty and Self-Reliance

The paper by Larry Reed reprinted here was originally commissioned for the inaugural conference of The
Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College in April 2005. The conference was titled “The Road From
Poverty to Freedom: A Look Backward and Forward at the War on Poverty,” and it was natural to include
Larry, a 1975 graduate of the college who majored in economics and studied under the renowned Austrian
economist Hans Sennholz.

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.

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?

Medicaid Work Requirements Could Help the Poor

More than 12 million nondisabled, working-age Americans are enrolled in Medicaid. They receive medical care that is virtually free, and in most states they are under no obligation to work or seek work.

A Good Samaritan Clinic Dedicates Care to Low-Income Patients

As Executive Director Greg Lang (top left) poses for a group photograph at Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, a sign behind the group says it all: “This clinic employs physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants…

Lift People Out of Poverty with a Hand Up, Not a Handout

Create environments where low-income people can solve problems together. Low-income families, Miller says, need to be aided to solve their own problems, not temporarily rescued with outside resources. “Helping” people may sound charitable, but it keeps the helper in control, makes the beneficiary dependent and only offers short-term boosts.

AJC Quotes Foundation in Article on Public Housing Rents

Proposed HUD reforms have locals worried and wondering.

Foundation VP Benita Dodd Shares Thoughts 50 Years After Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Foundation looks back on policies since MLK's death.

Restoring the Dignity of Work

The American dream is our nation’s most enduring promise. But, too many people are struggling to turn the American dream into a reality. Instead of casting blame for our struggles, let us set a pathway forward.

Technology Can Trump Tough Love

Sometimes, efforts to legislate and regulate turn ordinary Americans into lawbreakers or foundering pariahs.

Marsy’s Law of Unintended Consequences

Proceed cautiously with a victims' rights amendment.

News Release: Foundation President McCutchen Stepping Down at Year’s End

After nearly 25 years, Foundation CEO is accepting a new position.

A Thanksgiving to be Grateful for Leaders with Integrity

By Benita M. Dodd

Tim Huelskamp, speaking at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, told attendees, “I spent six years in Washington and it’s still the same today: The real action, the real opportunities for growth and actually reinvigorating…

Feeding on Problems: From World Hunger to Abundance

By Harold Brown

Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Remember when India was a poster-country for overpopulation and starvation? In just one sign, The New York Times carried more than 100 articles per year from 1965 to…

The Unintended Consequences of Trade Protectionism

By Jeffrey Dorfman

Jeffrey Dorfman

The International Trade Commission has ruled that imported solar panels from China and other countries were injuring U.S. manufacturers, which will provide President Trump with the opportunity to impose tariffs in order to protect American solar panel…

Burying Power Lines: A Shocking Cost

The Marietta Daily Journal of September 27, 2017 published a letter to the editor in the midst of recovery from recent hurricanes that downed power lines and prompted calls for utilities to bury the lines. The letter writer raised some…