February 18, 2022 • Friday Facts

Friday Facts: February 18, 2022

In this week's commentary, Kyle Wingfield explores the data of a 40-year-old GBI study, and what it might mean for today's conversation on the topic.

October 1, 2020 • Press Release

Foundation Releases ‘Guide to The Issues 2020’

Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation released its Guide to The Issues 2020 today, providing policy recommendations on 13 critical areas that state policymakers are expected to – and […]

January 11, 2019

Medicaid Work Requirements Could Help the Poor

More than 12 million nondisabled, working-age Americans are enrolled in Medicaid. They receive medical care that is virtually free, and in most states they are under no obligation to work or seek […]


May 25, 2018

Lift People Out of Poverty with a Hand Up, Not a Handout

Create environments where low-income people can solve problems together. Low-income families, Miller says, need to be aided to solve their own problems, not temporarily rescued with outside resources. “Helping” people […]


February 6, 2018

Restoring the Dignity of Work

The American dream is our nation’s most enduring promise. But, too many people are struggling to turn the American dream into a reality. Instead of casting blame for our struggles, […]

July 14, 2017

Working Toward Welfare Reform

Work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients is a good thing. By Benita M. Dodd To hear progressive groups tell it, states are hurting low-income Americans by requiring “food stamp” recipients […]

July 5, 2017

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 […]

June 30, 2017

Georgia Works! Through Jobs Programs for Homeless

The biggest problem is bad habits, not a lack of intelligence or poor schooling. By Bill McGahan Georgia Works! helps formerly incarcerated and homeless men become productive citizens. Since our […]

December 29, 2016

The Top Ten in 2016!

Foundation’s most popular commentaries of 2016. What were the commentaries that most intrigued the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s readers in 2016? We looked back and tracked the top 10 trending […]

September 16, 2016

Georgia Works: A Growing Impact On The Dignity of Work

A little over a year ago, Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen’s commentary, “The Dignity of Work,” shared the scope and vision of the nonprofit organization Georgia Works. In […]

August 12, 2016

Welfare-to-Work Helps Georgians Up and Out of Dependency

Results from the first three Georgia counties to restore food stamp time limits. By Benita M. Dodd August marks the 20th anniversary of the transformative Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity […]

August 12, 2016

Guide to the Issues: Welfare Reform

Principles: Helping people move from dependency to self-sufficiency should be the primary focus of the safety net. Making work pay is essential. Working more hours or getting a pay raise […]

August 12, 2016

Guide to the Issues: Occupational Licensing

Principles 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 […]


August 1, 2016

Above All, Do No Digital Harm

Congressional action could have unintended negative consequences. John Graham of the National Center for Policy Analysis writes a column in Forbes warning against congressional overreach as telemedicine moves forward across […]

July 22, 2016

‘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 […]

May 20, 2016

Poverty Solutions Should Minimize Government’s Role

Imagine the solutions if we embrace churches, charities, corporations and citizens as the solution instead of bigger government. By Geoff Duncan For generations, government has tried to solve the issues […]

March 4, 2016

Georgia Is Moving Forward on Welfare Reform

The central component for helping people escape poverty is work. By Logan Pike and John Nothdurft Georgia’s dreadful welfare system is perhaps one of the worst in the nation, but […]



January 8, 2016

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 […]

November 13, 2015

A Success Story in Helping Lower-income Workers

By Kelly McCutchen With the media focused on partisan gridlock in Washington, it’s easy to overlook major success stories in bringing bipartisan public policy and innovative business partnerships together to […]

October 31, 2015

Halloween, ‘Sugar’ and The Right To Try

Twenty-one states now have Right-to-Try laws. Are you ready for Halloween? I’m looking forward to good weather and good times with the hordes of trick-or-treaters this evening! Whenever Halloween and the predictions of “sugar […]



July 17, 2015

The Dignity of Work

For most people, chronic homelessness among men would not be the first choice among problems to tackle in inner-city Atlanta. By Kelly McCutchen For most people, chronic homelessness among men […]

May 14, 2015

‘The Poor Always Pay When There’s Austerity’

Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute participates in a panel discussion on poverty with President Obama. Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute participated in a May 12, 2015 panel […]