GA Education Bill Could Create More Charter Opportunity

Georgia charter school issues have been relatively quiet during the current General Assembly but that could change soon. House legislation that passed the Education Committee last week would improve the chances for successful charter schools to replicate their models. By Foundation Editor Mike Klein

Where Has All the Water Gone – Or Has It?

By Harold Brown

It is impossible to use up water. When it is used, it doesn’t disappear. There is as much water on this planet today as there was thousands of years ago. When it rains, the water evaporates or it…

Hundreds Lose Their Georgia Tax Credit Scholarships

Hundreds of Georgia students who received tax credit scholarships last year will receive either reduced help or no help this year. By Foundation Editor Mike Klein.

At a Crossroads, Kaiser Permanente Georgia Changed Course

By Mike Klein

Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Kaiser Permanente in Georgia found itself at a crossroads four years ago.  The popular health services and insurance provider was being phased out as a state government employees option, affecting…

New Center Brings a Dose of Budget Reality to Georgia

By Benita M. Dodd

Years of research by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation have yielded a sad truth: If free market academics are few and far between in Georgia, free market economists have been scarcer than hen’s teeth. But a new…

The Economics and Politics of Tax Reform

Economists generally agree that revenues from this simpler tax structure would grow faster than our current tax system.

Heartland Institute Urges Georgia to Address CON Reform

Georgia is one of 35 states that institute certificate of need (CON) laws. First passed in the 1960s to deter increasing health care costs, CON laws were supposed to limit duplication and promote health care consolidation. In essence, CON programs require health care providers to receive state approval to increase facilities and services.

Georgia Should Maintain its Leadership in Charity Care

Regardless of Georgia’s decision on Medicaid expansion, hundreds of thousands of Georgians will remain uninsured.

Reason Foundation Lists ObamaCare's Troubled State Exchanges

The federal government spent more on broken state-run exchanges than it did on its own troubled system. Of the 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, that established their own health insurance coverage under Obamacare, seven remain dysfunctional, disabled, or…

Environmental Gobbledygook, Economic Gridlock

By Benita M. Dodd

Which is the environmentally sound approach, policy-makers seeing job creation as the key to economic recovery or environmental groups pushing for stringent prohibitions on interbasin transfers in Georgia? It may seem like a no-brainer, but even for…

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…

Guide to the Issues: Medical Malpractice

Principles: 

Medical malpractice reforms should accomplish the following goals:

Reduce the rates of preventable patient injuries. Promote open communication between physicians and patients. Ensure patients have access to fair compensation for legitimate medical injuries. Reduce liability insurance premiums for health care providers.

Recommendation: 

Replace Georgia’s current expensive and ineffective malpractice system with…

Permit Transfers Hold Water For Georgia

By Benita Dodd

It may seem that Georgia’s water problems are Atlanta’s alone, but the state’s economic engine is hardly alone in its concerns about water quality or quantity.  

Rincon, in Effingham County, is withdrawing more groundwater than allotted, but the…

Removing the Political Shortage of Water

By H. Sterling Burnett and Ross Wingo

About 82 percent of Americans receive drinking water via publicly owned water systems, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many of these municipal and regional systems operate at a loss, meaning…

Georgia Taking the Lead in Cross-State Insurance Legislation

By Ronald E. Bachman 

A multi-state market attractive to insurers selling new, lower-cost comprehensive products is a market-based tool that states can embrace without the heavy hand of federal intervention. In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue is showing the way on how…

Outlaw Policing for Profit in Georgia

Seizing the property of individuals who have not been convicted, let alone indicted, is a travesty of justice

Don't Buy Tax-Free Weekends

Sales tax holidays are no part of sound tax policy.

A Celebration in Education: 25 Years of Charters

Happy silver anniversary to the nation's charter schools!

Nine Reasons to Question Medicaid Expansion

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) expanded Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, however, that states are not mandated…

State Taxes Per Capita

Tough Choices on Tax Reform for Georgia

How does Georgia's tax structure compare to states that don't tax personal income?