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.

Commonsense Recommendations for SPLOST Reform in Georgia

By Ron Sifen and Benita M. Dodd

Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is an optional 1 percent county sales tax used to fund local capital projects for a county and participating municipalities. Thirty-two years after lawmakers passed the…

Certificate of Need: A Blunt Instrument for a Fiscal Problem

The problem and the solution are funding, not regulation.

Reading is Fundamental to American Liberty

By Gerard Robinson

“Reading is fundamental” was a popular slogan when I was an elementary student in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Today, parents, teachers and tutors stress the importance of literacy to public, private, home and virtual school students. Reading…

Kicking the Deadly Opioid Abuse Habit

By Megan May

Drug overdoses, mainly opioid-affiliated, have surged in the United States in recent years. According to recent health data, deaths from drug overdose will soon surpass the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents each year in Georgia.…

Working Toward Welfare Reform

Work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients is a good thing.

Report Highlights How Road Pricing Helps Manage Congestion

Road space is scarce and valuable, Why not use prices to allocate it like we do for almost everything else?

Who are Georgia’s Uninsured?

By Kelly McCutchen

The chart below breaks down Georgia’s 1.38 million uninsured residents based on Census Bureau data for 2016.

The vertical axis represents income as a percent of the federal poverty level, which is about $12,000 for a single person. The…

Georgia Works! Through Jobs Programs for Homeless

The biggest problem is bad habits, not a lack of intelligence or poor schooling.

On Muni Broadband, Buyer Beware

A year after the Savannah City Council approved a $62,500 contract asking consultants to explore potential demand for a municipal broadband network, the firm finally has released its findings and recommendations.

Can We All Just Get Along?

What connection do air conditioning, airlines and education have with today’s overheated political climate?

Eyes In the Sky Over Sandy Springs?

The use of drones has exploded over the last several years, with the (mostly) flying robots so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget that even as recently 10 years ago, no consumer-grade versions of the devices were even available.…

Making a “Clean Break” from Civil Asset Forfeiture in Georgia

The topic of civil asset forfeiture, the practice of law enforcement seizing and holding property even if the owner is never charged with or convicted of a crime, has made the news recently both in Georgia and nationally.

The Georgia Public…

Global Brightening and Hazy Predictions

By Harold Brown

Global warming, simplified: Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide into the air, trapping energy radiated from the globe. The earth is made warmer because this energy is prevented from escaping into outer space.

But then there are air pollutants…

Return Insurance Regulation to the States

Let's reawaken the constitutional idea of federalism.

Legislature 2017 Misses Many Opportunities

Last-minute rush leaves behind important ideas. Again.
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Legislators Should Heed the Forgotten Man

What about the forgotten man who doesn't try to game the system?

Sunshine Week a Reminder Transparency’s Still Clouded

By Benita M. Dodd

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against “excessive official secrecy.”

Sunshine Week is promoted by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the…

Georgia Has Opportunity to Set the Tone for Use of Drones

By Ross Coker

The popularity of consumer-grade multi-rotor or quadcopter devices, the unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as “drones,” has skyrocketed over the last several years. While previously a niche product for aviation and remote controlled vehicle (“RC”) enthusiasts, the…

News Release: Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release February 10, 2017

Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050 

Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

Atlanta – Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, had the following response to today’s Senate confirmation and swearing in of Tom Price as…

Justice Day 2017

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation participated in the annual Justice Day Initiative in Atlanta on February 2, 2017, at which hundreds of attendees from numerous organizations aligned around the common cause of criminal justice reform.

The event was inspiring in uniting…