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.

DNR Stay Rule Could Encourage Growth To Go

By Benita Dodd

After two years of planning, Gadget & Gizmo Inc. is eager to set up its Southeast regional headquarters in Georgia. All that stands in the way is the air emissions permit it needs from the state Environmental Protection…

The New Consumerism

By Greg Scandlen

Winston Churchill is reported to have said, “America can always be counted upon to do the right thing, after all other possibilities have been exhausted.” Nowhere is that more true than in health care.

For decades we…

Commentary: Asthma and Pollution: a Puzzling Picture

By Harold Brown

The picture of air pollution, asthma and other respiratory diseases has been imprinted as a clear image on the minds of Georgians, especially in metro Atlanta. High ozone days bring on warnings to people subject to asthma…

What is Real Compassion?

By Lawrence W. Reed

In the last election campaign, we heard the word “compassion” at least a thousand times. Democrats have it, Republicans don’t. Big government programs are evidence of compassion; cutting back government is a sign of cold-hearted meanness. By…

Should Georgia Adopt Vote-By-Mail?

By Charles S. Bullock III

Despite rising affluence, improving education levels and highly competitive partisan politics, Georgians continue to be among the nation’s least likely voters. Just over 51 percent of the state’s registered voters went to the polls in November…

From Entitlement to Empowerment: Welfare Reform in Georgia, Part II

By Amy Bilskie


There is overwhelming evidence that our current welfare system has failed many Americans and it has, in fact, been extremely harmful to the very people it was designed to protect C women and children. Several states, including Georgia,…

Making Transition to Privatized Social Security

By Mike Tanner

Social security is in serious financial trouble. Only by privatizing the system can we avoid the huge tax hikes and benefit cuts required to keep the system solvent — tax hikes and benefit cuts that will worsen an…

Why Georgia Needs a New Approach to Testing

By Dr. Franklin Shumake

Georgia spent $4 million in 1995 (test development, administration and training) evaluating students using Georgia-designed tests that compare Georgia students with other Georgia students. Moreover, the tests are geared specifically to a Georgia curriculum. Ironically, this testing…

Urgent Reform Needed for Georgia’s Abused, Neglected, Foster, and Adopted Children

By Daniel Bloom and Lynda Carter Cajoleas

As the stigma of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and indiscriminate sexual behaviors seems to have been eliminated from society’s value system, many children in Georgia are growing up in situations almost unimaginable thirty years ago.  Born…

Term Limits: The Lousiana Experience

By Rense Johnson

[Of the 20 states that have passed term limits for state legislators, Louisiana is the only state without a ballot initiative process to have done so. Ballot initiatives, which are unavailable to the citizens of Georgia, allow voters…

Privatization: Dispelling the Myths

By Kelly McCutchen

In reaction to the state’s new emphasis on competitive contracting of services, the state employees’ union has begun a full-scale campaign to stigmatize and discredit the concept of privatization. Their horror stories are…

What Are State-Owned Tidal Waters and Marshlands?

By Terry West

The following article originally appeared in the September 1998 issue of the Georgia Policy Review. 

Based on the Public Trust Doctrine of law, the lands beneath the waters subject to the ebb and flow of the tide are…

Welfare in the Real World: Does It Really Help Children?

By Rodney N. Kreider, M.D. F.A.A.P.

Recently, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation asked its members for examples of how government has affected their lives. The following article is one of the many responses we received.

I’m a board-certified…

Alternatives for Tort Reform In Georgia

By John G. Malcolm

An 81-year-old woman from New Mexico spills a cup of McDonald’s coffee on herself and suffers third-degree burns. A jury awards her $160,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages. A San…

Is Welfare Unfair?

By Pat Wilder

For over thirty years the issue of fairness has driven the dramatic expansion of welfare and social subsidy programs. Ironically, this pursuit of fairness has resulted in one of the least fair support systems that could ever be…

Telecommunications and Georgia’s Competitive Advantage

By William H. Read and Mark H. Read


From software development to telemedicine to broadcasting, many Georgia industries depend on the state’s telecommunications infrastructure. In addition, the telecommunications industry itself already employs some 50,000 professionals in Georgia.…

What Ever Happened to the Tenth Amendment?

By Kelly McCutchen

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” — Tenth Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America

The best…

Fight Gridlock in Georgia with the Discharge Petition

By Kelly McCutchen

For many years, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have managed to have it both ways–on record as favoring popular legislation, but going along with the House “leadership” to ensure that the legislation is…

Privatization of Hartsfield International Airport

By Lowell Evjen

Hartsfield International Airport is considered by many to be Atlanta’s most prized public possession and the economic engine that propelled her to prominence as the capital city of the “New South”. Atlanta’s need for funding to…

Price Controls For Drugs

By Paul H. Rubin

The Clinton health plan proposes several forms of price controls on pharmaceuticals sold in the United States, including a new bureaucracy (the Advisory Council on Breakthrough Drugs) that will determine if drug prices are “reasonable.” Clintoncare’s pricing…