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.

Legislature 2017 Misses Many Opportunities

Last-minute rush leaves behind important ideas. Again.

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…

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…

Cures Act Creates New Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement

The Cures Act overturns a previous ruling by the IRS and DOL that precluded employers from using a defined contribution “HRA only” approach to subsidize their employees’ purchase of individual plans.

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Supports Donor Privacy for Nonprofits

The Wall Street Journal edition of September 23, 2016,  published an op-ed by Tracie Sharp, head of the State Policy Network (of which the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a member) and our Darcy Olsen, head of our sister think…

Price Gouging Laws: Good Politics, Bad Economics

Laws against "price gouging" benefit some, harm many more.

Guide to the Issues: Pension Reform


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: Occupational Licensing


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…

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


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…

Foundation, Dozens of Groups Add Support to CEI Over AG Overreach

Letter supports CEI after attorney general's subpoena over climate change communications.

Few Bright Spots Under The Gold Dome

A troubling trend continues: well-connected special interests using state government to thwart competition.

An Assault on Nonprofit Giving

For nonprofits that engage in issue advocacy on political matters, private giving prevents retaliation against speakers.

Criminal Justice Reform Unshackles Georgians

Leadership and good policy put Georgia in the lead in criminal justice reform.

Friday Facts: February 5, 2016

MARTA rail expansion, education and money and welfare work requirements.

Competitive Enterprise Institute Highlights Autonomous Vehicles

Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute writes on the dangers of regulation delaying automated vehicles.

Self-Driving Regulation

Pro-Market Policies Key to Automated Vehicle Innovation

By Marc Scribner

Leonardo da Vinci first sketched the design for a self-propelled cart with programmable steering…

Criminal Justice Reform Leader Judge Michael P. Boggs Keynotes Feb. 17 Event

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Criminal Justice Reform Leader Judge Michael P. Boggs Keynotes Feb. 17 Event

Atlanta – Criminal justice in Georgia is transforming from an “Ugly Duckling” with the highest rate of correctional supervision in…

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publishes Foundation Op-ed on Legislature 2016

Session 2016: Limit government, advance economic opportunity.

A 2016 Legislative Wish List for Georgia

Conventional wisdom says a budget surplus plus an election year equals a legislative session that adjourns quickly to maximize time for campaigning and fundraising, but not before spreading government funds as widely as possible to maximize voter "happiness.”