The Texas Model for Prosperity

How the American Dream is Fueling Economic Growth By Bill Peacock  Back in the depths of the Great Recession, Texas became the target of liberal commentators across the nation, just as the Lone Star State was in the midst of creating more new jobs than the rest of the nation combined. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman led the chorus claiming, “the Texas miracle is a myth, and … offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment.” Of course, it wasn’t the new jobs they minded: it … Continue Reading →

Brooke Rollins: Profile of a Texas Freedom Fighter

(Editor’s Note:  This profile of Texas Public Policy Foundation President Brooke Rollins is republished with permission from the Independent Women’s Forum.  Rollins will discuss the Texas free market economy at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday September 21.) By Susanna Dokupil Brooke Rollins is a Texas freedom fighter.  Just as the embattled Texans at the Alamo answered demands for surrender with a cannon shot, Brooke Rollins refuses to surrender any free-market territory to the inexorable growth of government. Rollins has been CEO and President of Texas Public Policy Foundation … Continue Reading →

Ten Years Later Georgia Still Seeking Drug Abuse Options

By Mike Klein There are many different kinds of snakes and though I like none of them, I am willing to concede that some can attack and kill you while others are mostly just a nuisance.  The part that I am not quite so good at is figuring out which snakes to fear and which snakes to just closely monitor. A lot of folks in Georgia are trying to figure out which drug abusers to fear and which to just closely monitor.  It is an inexact science that no doubt … Continue Reading →

Essential Principles for Georgia’s Juvenile Justice System

By Jeanette Moll and Kelly McCutchen Like many of their colleagues across the country, Georgia policy-makers are taking an increasingly close look at their criminal justice system. In search of both increased effectiveness as well as cost savings, policy-makers now have an ideal opportunity to evaluate and improve the correctional system. An essential part of that review must include that portion of the justice system which oversees juvenile delinquents. Georgia’s state budget for juvenile justice is $266 million in Fiscal Year 2011 and may grow to $279 million in 2012.1In addition, almost 50,000 youths are … Continue Reading →