Georgia can lead the nation in transforming health and health care

By Newt Gingrich

The nation’s health-care crisis has infected every state including Georgia, where acute symptoms have appeared. Nine percent of Georgians have spent an entire year uninsured, according to the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Georgia Healthcare Coverage Project, while 1.3…

The Ethanol Scramble

When it comes to government mandates, ethanol proves, "it's complicated."

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…

Acid Rain Cleans Up Its Act

Over the decades it's become clear that an environmental crisis is the media's baby; environmental progress is an orphan.

Checking Up On Health: March 17, 2015

Inoculation, immunization, vaccination: What's the difference?

Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success


Full Speed Ahead: Widening the Pathway to College and Career Success

By Dean Alford

Our "flat" world is a global economy in which other nations race to surpass American dominance in every area, including higher education. The c...

Electric Drive: The Standard for the 21st Century

By John Wilson Global technology, environmental, and transportation trends are moving quickly toward a revolution in vehicles. The revolution can be seen as close as Centennial Olympic Park, the parking decks at Lenox Square, or the streets of…

A Shore Uncertainty: Rising Seas, Geologic Faults

Hurricane Sandy has been described as a harbinger of what comes with rising seas: the inundation of coastal cities, devastating storm surges, destruction of coastal wetlands and abandonment of land. The story is simple: Glaciers melt and oceans warm, causing seas to rise.

'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…

Many Questions Remain for Atlanta After United Water

By Geoffrey F. Segal

On Friday, January 24, the city of Atlanta terminated its rocky relationship with United Water, ending the venture into private water operation. Over the past several months the mayor and her staff have let it be known that they…

Commentary: Slow-Growth Plans and Regulations Lose the Way for San Jose

By Randal O’Toole

California is a garden of Eden, A paradise to live in or see; But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot If you ain’t got the do re mi. – Woody Guthrie

California’s scenic…

Medicaid Expansion: Hand Up or Handcuff?

The key question is: Is Medicaid expansion beyond the poverty level a "hand up" or a "handcuff?"

Punitive Damage Reform in Financial Injury Cases Requires Federal Action

By Congressman Bob Barr 

With increasing and troubling frequency, an article will appear in the newspaper about a judgment for punitive damages in a financial dispute that is completely out of proportion to the actual dollars at stake…

Checking Up On Health: January 26, 2016

Uber for health care, celebrity deaths, palliative care and health care numbers.

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.

Leaner State Budget a Better Fit

By Benita M. Dodd and Kelly McCutchen

The wailing and gnashing of teeth under the Gold Dome might easily persuade some Georgians that drastic measures are needed for lawmakers to bridge the budget gap for fiscal 2004. Certainly, some advocates for…

Bunker Mentality Won't Cut Energy Bills

By Benita M. Dodd

Hindsight being 20-20, traffic jams became the impetus for transportation solutions as Georgia’s population grew. Fortunately, the state can still pre-empt an energy jam fueled by Georgia’s growing population and economy.

Georgia homeowners are hot under the collar over high energy bills:…

Commentary: Cost-Benefit Analysis in Transportation Can be Misleading

A number of reforms that would improve the estimates of the costs and benefits of transportation projects.

Georgia Transportation Investment: A Question of How, Not If

By Baruch Feigenbaum

On July 31, 2012, voters in 12 regions in Georgia, including a 10-county Atlanta region, will decide in a referendum whether to enact a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) for transportation. To help Georgians…

Guide to the Issues: Tax Reform


Minimize the impact of taxes on economic growth. Taxes are necessary to fund core government services, but every additional dollar of taxes is a discretionary dollar taken away from a family. A decision to raise taxes is an explicit decision that…