Long-Term Care: Guide to the Issues 2020

Principles Long-term care programs should be reserved for Georgia’s most vulnerable populations. Long-term care programs should be designed to avoid “crowding out” private solutions and personal responsibility. Download the Long-Term Care chapter of the Guide to the Issues 2020 here Read the full Guide to the Issues 2020 Recommendations Seek ways to target publicly funded long-term care (LTC) services to the neediest Georgians. Middle-class and affluent people should prepay for care or repay from their estates. Now that the maintenance-of-effort restriction in the Affordable Care Act has expired, Medicaid LTC … Continue Reading →

Recent Foundation Publications

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 2020 publications are listed below by date of publication. Click on a link to read. Sign up here to be added to the Foundation’s media mailing list and receive news releases, commentaries and event updates and invitations. December 18: New Year, New Initiative: Policy, Transparency and News, by Benita M. Dodd. In 2021, the Foundation celebrates 30 years since it was established to champion policy over politics in Georgia. To mark this anniversary, the organization is renewing its push across Georgia, taking action to bridge … Continue Reading →

Alternative Bulbs: Another Phony Market Propped Up by Government

Entrepreneurs in industries tied to the energy efficiency gambit, justified by the climate change House of Cards, all have the same false bravado: They are “game changers” and “market leaders” (for products nobody wants); all their squandered revenues are “investments;” their technological breakthroughs are always “just around the corner;” and it just takes one more round of mandates/grants/loans/tax breaks to achieve viability in the free market.

Taxpayer's Bill of Rights Needs Teeth to be Effective

By James Garland and John Marsh 

Many states have implemented tax and expenditure limitations as a means to staunch the runaway growth of government spending. Along those lines, the state of Georgia enacted a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, also known as…

Checking Up On Health: March 29, 2016

When legislators play doctor, protectionism in the General Assembly and other health news.

Checking Up On Health: December 18

Is your health plan "grandfathered" or does it fall under ObamaCare? Do you have "good" genes or mutants?

Not-So-Happy Birthday for ObamaCare

By Ronald S. Bachman

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly referred to as ObamaCare was signed into law on March 23, 2010. One year later, the law remains unpopular with the public and a core fiscal concern for…

Checking Up On Health: February 24, 2015

ObamaCare, vaccination accusations and why your doctor's late.

Georgia’s Teacher Pension Plan Faces Significant Financial Risk

The Teachers Retirement System (TRS) of Georgia alarmed legislators and stakeholders when it requested over $588 million in increased contributions in the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions combined, largely the result of missed actuarial assumptions.

States Can Unite to Rein in Feds on Spending

It's time to advance a Balanced Budget Amendment to make debt truly scarce for the federal government.

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.

Checking Up On Health: November 18, 2014

Guess who's cashing in on health care for stupid American voters?

Checking Up On Health: July 21, 2015

What's cheapest for baby delivery and inpatient stays? Hint: NOT a nonprofit hospital.

Climate Change Agreements: Solutions in Search of a Problem

Earth Day arrives again on April 22, and along with it the also-predictable heated rhetoric by climate change alarmists who bolster their claims with articles and opinions and state, “Facts matter,” or, “Science matters.”

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…

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.

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…

Global Warming: Playing Fast and Loose in Policy, Proof and Politics

Doomsday prophets have always fixated on the goal more than the cause.