Friday Facts: December 9, 2016

Regulation, regulation, regulation.

Friday Facts: July 29, 2016

Regulation, transportation, criminal justice reform and more.

News Release: Attorney Ross Coker Joins Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Ross Coker’s focus at the Foundation will be criminal justice reform.

Friday Facts: February 26, 2016

The price of gasoline, a chance at Georgia tax reform, and why bus service declines

Friday Facts: November 20, 2015

What the Foundation told the EPA Thursday about the Clean Power Plan, and more.

Percentage of Individuals Who Live in Poverty

Friday Facts: August 14, 2015

The potential buses have with express toll lanes.

Friday Facts: June 19, 2015

Find out the good, the bad and the ugly states on civil asset forfeiture.

Friday Facts: April 10, 2015

April 15 is coming up; get the facts on taxes.

Friday Facts: November 14, 2014

How many countries have a higher corporate tax rate than the USA?

Friday Facts: October 31, 2014

Where does Georgia rank on tax rates?

Friday Facts: February 7, 2014

Health care coverage for the uninsured: Is Medicaid expansion the answer?

Friday Facts: April 26, 2013

Oxycodone and oxymorons: Government efficiency does not appear to exist when it comes to drug abuse prevention and treatment programs

Friday Facts: March 15, 2013

Lagging achievement and enrollment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in the United States is and will be one of the larger issues facing our domestic ability to fill manufacturing job opportunities.

Friday Facts: February 8, 2013

What are the odds you’ll keep your employer-sponsored health plan?

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Jan. 13: Tough times needn’t defer fixes for the future here

“Tough times needn’t defer fixes for the future here”

Friday Facts: December 14, 2012

Under ObamaCare, 30 million people are expected to remain uninsured. What happens to them?

Special Council on Criminal Justice Turns its Attention to Kids

By Mike Klein One challenge in almost every policy discussion is how to make the numbers mean something.  So, let’s hope these numbers mean something.  The annual cost to fully incarcerate someone in Georgia’s juvenile detention system is $98,000 per bed, more than five times greater than adult prison system per person costs.  On the other hand, the state share is about $4,300 per pupil in the K-12 public school system.  One is an investment in the future. The other is simply shocking. “Where is that money going?  Where is … Continue Reading →

Who’s the Executive in Charge of Criminal Justice Reform?

By Mike Klein Governor Nathan Deal signed criminal justice reform legislation Wednesday, triggering the most aggressive rebranding of the state’s approach to criminal perpetrators in several decades.  But one question that needs to be resolved is who’s responsible for making sure this all happens? It sounds like the answer begins with the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform whose work provided the structure for Georgia’s new law.  Governor Deal signed House Bill 1176 during an upbeat signing ceremony just below the north steps at the State Capitol in Atlanta. Answering … Continue Reading →

Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform 51-0 with Amendments

By Mike Klein Georgia criminal justice reform has passed both chambers but the House would need to agree to substitute legislation because the Senate added seven amendments when it passed the bill 51-0 on Tuesday afternoon.  Two other floor amendments failed and two were withdrawn. None of the amendments dramatically change Georgia’s most sweeping criminal justice reform since a generation of do the crime, do the time laws were passed some twenty years ago. Governor Nathan Deal made criminal justice reform a major priority during his first State of the … Continue Reading →

Huge Approval Votes for Tax and Criminal Justice Reform Bills

by Mike Klein Georgia General Assembly sessions usually move at NASCAR speed into the final few days but some of the highest profile pieces are finished before next week’s final three days. Thursday afternoon the Senate unanimously approved tax reform and the House passed criminal justice reform.  The tax reform bill is ready for Governor Nathan Deal’s signature.  The Senate must vote on criminal justice and that is expected on Monday. The Senate approved tax reform 54-0.  The House approved criminal justice reform 164-1 but the single no vote later … Continue Reading →