Taxes are necessary to fund core government services, but tax policy should be structured to broaden the tax base while lowering rates overall. Taxes should consume as small a portion of income as possible, should not interfere with economic growth and investment, and should not place the state at a competitive disadvantage. When taxes are low, government spending and regulation are consequentially restrained; limited government is a foundational principle of a free market.

Who are Georgia’s Uninsured?

By Kelly McCutchen

The chart below breaks down Georgia’s 1.38 million uninsured residents based on Census Bureau data for 2016.

The vertical axis represents income as a percent of the federal poverty level, which is about $12,000 for a single person. The…

On Muni Broadband, Buyer Beware

A year after the Savannah City Council approved a $62,500 contract asking consultants to explore potential demand for a municipal broadband network, the firm finally has released its findings and recommendations.

Foundation Welcomes Ga. High Court Ruling on Tax Credit Scholarships

The Georgia Supreme Court declares tuition tax credit scholarships constitutional.

Can We All Just Get Along?

What connection do air conditioning, airlines and education have with today’s overheated political climate?

Eyes In the Sky Over Sandy Springs?

The use of drones has exploded over the last several years, with the (mostly) flying robots so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget that even as recently 10 years ago, no consumer-grade versions of the devices were even available.…

Making a “Clean Break” from Civil Asset Forfeiture in Georgia

The topic of civil asset forfeiture, the practice of law enforcement seizing and holding property even if the owner is never charged with or convicted of a crime, has made the news recently both in Georgia and nationally.

The Georgia Public…

Global Brightening and Hazy Predictions

By Harold Brown

Global warming, simplified: Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide into the air, trapping energy radiated from the globe. The earth is made warmer because this energy is prevented from escaping into outer space.

But then there are air pollutants…

Return Insurance Regulation to the States

Let's reawaken the constitutional idea of federalism.

Legislature 2017 Misses Many Opportunities

Last-minute rush leaves behind important ideas. Again.
Forgotten man

Legislators Should Heed the Forgotten Man

What about the forgotten man who doesn't try to game the system?

Sunshine Week a Reminder Transparency’s Still Clouded

By Benita M. Dodd

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week. Launched in 2005, the initiative promotes open government and pushes back against “excessive official secrecy.”

Sunshine Week is promoted by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the…

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…

Tax Reform Testimony Regarding the Individual Income Tax

Testimony on tax reform related to the state individual income tax.

News Release: Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release February 10, 2017

Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050 

Foundation Welcomes Tom Price as HHS Secretary

Atlanta – Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, had the following response to today’s Senate confirmation and swearing in of Tom Price as…

Justice Day 2017

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation participated in the annual Justice Day Initiative in Atlanta on February 2, 2017, at which hundreds of attendees from numerous organizations aligned around the common cause of criminal justice reform.

The event was inspiring in uniting…

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.

2017 Legislature Can Act on Tax, Health and Education Reform

Improve income, opportunity and well-being.

The Top Ten in 2016!

Foundation's most popular commentaries of 2016.