Regulatory excess takes a toll on taxpayers and results in bloated and unnecessary government. Millions of dollars could be saved by considering technological and contemporary efficiencies, not to mention unnecessary regulations – business licensing requirements, occupational licensing requirements and auto emissions regulations, to name a few.

The “Right to Try” Experimental Health Care Methods

This fox news clip shows a discussion regarding weather or not citizens should have the right to try experimental, non-government approved health treatments if they so choose.

Occupational Licensing – The Challenging Landscape for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Due to the increase in requirements for occupational licenses people are finding it harder and harder to start businesses. Since the 1950s the number of people required to have a license to work has gone from 1 in 20 to 1 in 3.

Occupational Licensing – Should You the Government’s Permission to Work?

Should you need the government's permission to work? Occupational licensing is becoming increasingly wide spread in America and it is becoming more and more difficult for young people to start a career in the work force.

Architectural Ordinances: Government Overreach vs. Home Rule

Local governments are stifling innovation, mandating aesthetics and materials, restricting designs and layouts, all while infringing upon the rights of private property owners.

Foundation President Kyle Wingfield Provides Testimony on ‘Architectural Ordinances’

Kyle Wingfield, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, was invited to provide testimony to the Georgia House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on February 20, 2019, regarding architectural ordinances. His prepared testimony is published below.

 

GEORGIA HOUSE AGRICULTURE…

Make Civility and Civics a Winning Combo in 2019

Bob Hanner embraced a standard of statesmanship for Georgia.

2018 Victories: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

As 2018 dashes away like Donner and Blitzen, many Georgians will remember it as a year of major political transition. But 2018 also brought some substantial improvements to Georgians’ lives through better policy, much of it championed by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

Opportunity Lost Now that Congress is Divided

By Ryan Young

A divided Congress probably means the status quo will reign on regulation. This is a mixed bag from a free-market perspective. President Trump made some positive reforms upon taking office, but they were via executive order, and can be easily overturned…

Reporter Newspapers Publishes Foundation Op-ed on ‘Marsy’s Law’

A proposed state constitutional amendment that “provides rights for victims of crime in the judicial process” is commonly known as “Marsy’s Law.” The Georgia Public Policy Foundation warned in 2017 of the unintended consequences of the Senate’s initial legislation.

2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum Agenda

The 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is slated for Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

Sen. John McCain: ‘Our wealth and culture are the product of our freedom’

To honor the life and career of John McCain, we share excerpts from his remarks at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2006.

2018 Forum Focuses on Georgia’s Imminent Challenges

Policy experts take on education, health care, criminal justice and pensions.

So What Does a Think Tank Do?

Think-tanks aim to fill the gap between academia and policymaking. Are think tanks of benefit to you? Can they assist you in deciding what you think?

Council’s Misdemeanor Bail Reform Proposals

A summary of the misdemeanor bail reform findings and recommendations from the February 2018 Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform (pages 25-39).

By Sophia Strickland

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform’s 2018 report delivered to Gov. Nathan Deal…

AJC Quotes Foundation in Article on Public Housing Rents

Proposed HUD reforms have locals worried and wondering.
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Federal Prison Reform Initiative Informed by Georgia Successes

By Doug Collins

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

Georgians value justice. My father was a State Trooper for 31 years, and he helped me understand that an effective criminal justice system elevates human dignity by punishing wrongdoing, protecting victims and rehabilitating…

Criminal Justice Reform Council A Blueprint for Georgia

By Kyle Wingfield

Lots of things die at the end of a legislative session: bills, constitutional amendments, one’s faith in humanity (just kidding about that last one – mostly).

Some of what doesn’t survive is not to be regretted; some is. Rarely…

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Sunshine Week 2018 Shines a Light on Ongoing Need for Transparency

Sunshine Week highlights government transparency and access to public information.

Pension Solvency and Public Education: The Case for Reforming Georgia Teacher Pensions

This event was held on February 20, 2018 and featured a panel with Len Gilroy, Senior Managing Director of the Pension Integrity Project and  Director of Government Reform at Reason Foundation, and Georgia State Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta), Chairman of the…

News Release: Foundation Hosts Event on Teacher Pension Reform

News Release | For Immediate Release February 13, 2018 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050)

Foundation Hosts February 20 Event on Georgia Teacher Pension Reform

Atlanta – In 2017, Georgia’s budget included $223 million for the Teacher Retirement System to improve its financial security. This year, Governor Nathan…