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.

Georgia’s New Toll Lanes Help ‘Reverse’ Traffic Congestion

By Benita M. Dodd

On Saturday, January 28, the reversible express toll lanes on I-75 south of Atlanta opened. The lanes’ direction was northbound, as signs on I-75 South showed.

In a milestone event that occurred quietly on Saturday, January…

The Most Frightening Part of a Ghost Tour? The Licensing Requirements

By Ross Coker

If you or your family have ever taken a vacation to a locale rich in history and lore such as Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, you might have enjoyed the spooky entertainment of a ghost tour. In the event that…

Expand Retirement Options, Shrink Teacher Doldrums

Changing Georgia's teacher retirement plan could make the profession more attractive.

The Top Ten in 2016!

Foundation's most popular commentaries of 2016.

R.I.P. Ed Noble, Developer, Visionary, Founding Member of Foundation’s Board

Ed Noble, an Atlanta visionary and developer of Lenox Square, one of the nation’s first shopping centers, died on December 4, 2016 at age 88. Mr. Noble was a member of the founding board of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.…

Lessons and Opportunities from The Election

It’s not always as good, or bad, as it seems. The same can be said of this year’s national election.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Foundation’s Op-ed on Atlanta TSPLOST

The Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (October 30, 2016) contained an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on the November 8 transportation sales tax votes in Atlanta, “Atlanta shouldn’t railroad themselves into old solutions.” The op-ed can be…

Georgia Works: A Growing Impact On The Dignity of Work

A little over a year ago, Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen’s commentary, “The Dignity of Work,” shared the scope and vision of the nonprofit organization Georgia Works. In September, Ross Coker, the Foundation’s Director of Research and Outreach,…

How Government Can Speed Broadband Access

By Kelly McCutchen

KELLY McCUTCHEN

Internet access is foundational in today’s economy. Lack of access can grind business to a halt and hobble critical services including health care, transportation and education. As a result, forward-thinking telecommunication policy is a priority…

What Good is ‘Local Control’ When Kids are Failing?

By Benita M. Dodd

BENITA DODD

As a native of South Africa who grew up under apartheid and was handed a second-class education, I often share with friends and colleagues that I’ve succeeded in spite of my education, not because…

Guide to the Issues: Pension Reform

Principles:

Any reforms to pensions should consider the long-term solvency of a plan and protect the already promised benefits for employees already in the system. The benefits in a public employee retirement system should be sustainable, secure and affordable:

Provide retirement security…

Guide to the Issues: Welfare Reform

Principles:

Helping people move from dependency to self-sufficiency should be the primary focus of the safety net. Making work pay is essential. Working more hours or getting a pay raise should not set families back financially Programs should target benefits to the most…

Guide to the Issues: Occupational Licensing

Principles

Citizens have a right to pursue a legal occupation and the burden should fall on the government to justify any restrictions to that right. Restrictions on economic liberty should be targeted at protecting health and safety and policy-makers should demand proof…

Welfare-to-Work Helps Georgians Up and Out of Dependency

Results from the first three Georgia counties to restore food stamp time limits.

California Lawmakers Reach Consensus over Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill: A Model for Georgia Reform?

California State Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell and various law enforcement groups in California have reached an agreement regarding the fate of a bill introducing various reform measures to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, according to The Los Angeles Times…

Above All, Do No Digital Harm

Congressional action could have unintended negative consequences.

‘Guide to the Issues’ Offers Georgia-focused Solutions

By Benita Dodd

BENITA DODD

The media hype surrounding the political parties’ national conventions spotlights the enormous discord created by personalities and politics as the presidential election approaches. Getting short shrift amid slogans and the scramble for dollars and votes…

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Georgia Spending

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Thursday, June 30, 2016 quoted Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen extensively in a front-page article on Georgia’s state budget and spending. The article is reprinted in full below; access it online at the newspaper’s…

Savannah Morning News Prints Foundation Critique of Government Broadband

It's been proven: Municipal broadband hurts businesses and ratepayers.

Urban Farms: Unlikely Oases in Food Deserts

There's a reason people left farms to live in the city, and it wasn't to farm.