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.

Minimum Wage: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Swiss voters sent a powerful message last week when they overwhelmingly voted to reject a $24 per hour minimum wage that would have caused lower paid workers to lose their jobs. By Jeffrey Dorfman, Professor of Applied Economics, University of Georgia.

The Poor Are Not Getting Poorer

The rich may be getting richer, but the poor are definitely not getting poorer. In fact, most Americans got richer over the last 35 years. President Obama likes to stress that income inequality has increased in the United States, but…

Video: Opportunity and Attainment of the American Dream

"I work in an area that is all about opportunity and attainment of the American Dream," says Lisa Kelly, co-founder and President of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program. Kelly spoke passionately about school choice at our 2014 Foundation Annual Dinner.

America’s Longest War: The War on Poverty

Improving education opportunities has a far greater effect on closing the income gap and increasing upward mobility than does a government handout.

Anti-Poverty Programs Amount to $20,610 for every poor person in America

In 2012, the federal government spent $668 billion to fund 126 separate anti-poverty programs. State and local governments kicked in another $284 billion, bringing total anti-poverty spending to nearly $1 trillion. That amounts to $20,610 for every poor person in America,…

Singapore’s Welfare Model

In transitioning away from the failed federal "War on Poverty" and its massive entitlement programs, the United States could examine the Singapore model of social welfare as a transition.

Tearing Down Invisible Prison Walls Created by Poverty

Prisons do not need walls. High unemployment, low education, blight, depression, desperation and deprivation can become easy substitutes for bricks and mortar. Simply because someone completes time inside prison walls going home does not produce new hope and a new life. By Foundation Editor Mike Klein.

Nelson Mandela: Pragmatism that Saved a Nation

Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at age 95. Mandela carved out a legacy quite unlike anyone else in the 20th and early 21 Centuries, first as the face and voice of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, then as its elected President when apartheid was abolished and in his later years, as the recognized heart and soul of his nation. Georgia Public Policy Foundation VP Benita Dodd was born and raised in South Africa during apartheid. She offers these thoughts on his remarkable life and legacy.

Successful Foster Care Engages Children Where They Live

FaithBridge Foster Care is an Alpharetta - based non-profit that believes successful foster care means engaging children where they live with significant community resources. The organization has achieved significant success re-uniting children their families where possible and finding new permanent homes for children who need adoption. This article is an excerpt from FaithBridge President Bill Hancock's testimony before the Georgia Senate Foster Care Initiative Working Group on November 12 at the State Capitol.

Never a Better Time to Transform Georgia Child Welfare

Rick Jackson spent six years in foster care, shuttled through several families, eight elementary and five high schools. None of that deterred Jackson whose Georgia-based company is a leading provider of professional health care staff to the industry. Jackson has become a leading advocate for meaningful foster care reform. This article is an excerpt from his testimony to the Georgia Senate foster care initiative working group, Tuesday, November 12 at the State Capitol. Jackson is also a Department of Community Health board member.

The Minimum Wage

Here’s a good video as well as some good information on the impact of minimum wage increases here from our friends at the Foundation for Economic Education.

Talk of ‘Fair Share’ Distracts from Focus on Fair Opportunity

New Census Bureau data ranks Georgia’s poverty rate as third highest in the nation. Combined with the state’s next-to-last ranking in personal income growth over the last decade, this is cause for concern.

‘Rich States, Poor States:’ How Does Georgia Rank? How Can It Improve?

Three years after the economic downturn, many wonder: What are the key drivers for growth in Georgia and what can be done to make the state more fiscally competitive?

Charity Clinic Model Should Be Part of Health Reform

By Ross Mason

At charity clinics throughout Georgia, patients with no health insurance or who don’t qualify for government programs jam telephone lines to obtain an appointment. If the clinic doesn’t take appointments, patients line up at the doors and wait for hours for a…

Agenda 2005: A Guide to the Issues – Welfare



Reduce unnecessary new entries to welfare rolls and strengthen work requirements Minimize returns to welfare Focus on aiding hardship cases Encourage public-private partnerships Remove barriers to entrepreneurship Eliminate the disincentive for family building Discourage illegitimacy


The number of Georgia…

Whatever Happened to Free Enterprise?

Government, by going outside its proper province, has caused many, if not most, of the problems that vex us.

UPS President Brings Home Outsourcing Debate

By David Abney

(Excerpts from the UPS International president’s keynote address to the Southern Growth Policies Board on June 13, 2004.)

This is an election year. So, of course, jobs are front-page news. Many of these stories remind us that American companies…

Regional Task Force On Growth Aptly Concludes ‘Less is More’

By Benita M. Dodd

To see the opposing labels slapped on metro Atlanta is to wonder whether people are referring to the same place. The region is denounced across the globe as out of control, congested: the “poster child for sprawl.”…

Commentary: Olympian Task to Bury Urban Myth on Asthma

The myth, based on 17 special days of reduced traffic, lower air pollution and fewer asthma cases, isolated and studied for some unique meaning, like so many myths, was more fancy than fact.

Transit’s Not the End of the Line for Low-Income Residents

The mantra of many activists that transit is the aspiration of the needy smacks of arrogance and elitism.