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When it comes to this election, no one knows anything

When it comes to this election, no one knows anything

For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go. » Read More
A salute to someone trying to make the world better

A salute to someone trying to make the world better

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception. » Read More
A non-economist looks at unemployment

A non-economist looks at unemployment

We don't pay too much attention to the unemployment rate normally, maybe being vaguely aware of the trend down or up, but not much else. The injection of the rate as a signal of failure of the curr... » Read More
Reckless drivers should share cost of harm they cause

Reckless drivers should share cost of harm they cause

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injur... » Read More
‘Undermining the state,’ unnerving the left

‘Undermining the state,’ unnerving the left

When the State Policy Network was founded in 1996, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation - then 5 years old - was one of just 12 independent, free-market, state-focused think tanks around the nation... » Read More
More school systems back to 180 days

More school systems back to 180 days

With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity. » Read More
Deal talks public education reform

Deal talks public education reform

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia. » Read More
Ballot questions for voters

Ballot questions for voters

Georgia voters will make decisions on three issues when they vote in this general election. Two decisions involve amending the state constitution and one is a referendum question. » Read More
Lifeline phones have been a call for abuse

Lifeline phones have been a call for abuse

In 2012, I began raising the issue of "free" cell phones being handed out to individuals under the federal Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program, which was originally intended to provide low-co... » Read More
Will Georgia repeat the runoff experience?

Will Georgia repeat the runoff experience?

It's looking more and more possible that voters will have to return to the ballot box after the general election. » Read More
Candidate Carter talks education

Candidate Carter talks education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic... » Read More
Solid growth in first-quarter revenues

Solid growth in first-quarter revenues

September completes the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. A solid 5 percent growth in September revenues completes a strong first quarter of FY15 with an overgrowth of 4.7 percent on total col... » Read More
Bringing reform to juvenile justice

Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the ... » Read More
Don’t overlook the other races on the ballot

Don’t overlook the other races on the ballot

With all of the focus on campaigns for governor and senator, it's easy to overlook the fact there are other statewide races on the ballot for November. » Read More
Random thoughts on random ideas

Random thoughts on random ideas

If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni As... » Read More
To fee or not to fee

To fee or not to fee

Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick, marking the second straight year GPA has had to s... » Read More
November races are closer than expected

November races are closer than expected

If you had told me a year ago that Gov. Nathan Deal would essentially be tied at this point in his reelection campaign with an inexperienced Democratic legislator, I would have asked if you were sm... » Read More
Making progress in juvenile crime

Making progress in juvenile crime

On the back of a successful effort to revamp the state's criminal justice system in 2012, the state took a similar approach in the 2013 legislative session to reform its juvenile justice system. » Read More
Stadium needs to carry coach’s legacy

Stadium needs to carry coach’s legacy

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and at... » Read More
Is a separate education budget a good thing?

Is a separate education budget a good thing?

In two previous columns, we have looked at the close-by example of a separate education budget, the state of Alabama's two-budget system. » Read More
Alternatives to thinning the Jekyll deer herd

Alternatives to thinning the Jekyll deer herd

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks... » Read More

State’s great experiment didn’t work

Over the past 10 years, Georgia has served as the location for a wide-ranging experiment in economic theory. » Read More
Once again, we have no federal budget

Once again, we have no federal budget

On Wednesday of last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. J. Res 124, a continuing resolution (CR) for fiscal year 2015 that will fund the federal government until Dec. 11. » Read More
Life lessons from Truett Cathy

Life lessons from Truett Cathy

I met Truett Cathy at a Rotary Club meeting where I received a certificate for my high school leadership achievements. I was just 17 years old. Little did I know the impact that meeting would have ... » Read More
Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowd... » Read More
Parties fight the battle of the ballot

Parties fight the battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking a... » Read More
Looking for positives can be negative

Looking for positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some p... » Read More
Revenues continue upswing

Revenues continue upswing

August state revenues gained 3.5 percent, following July's gain of 5.5 percent, resulting in a two-month gain of 4.5 percent. August revenues totaled $1.39 billion, with a gain of $47 million. Reve... » Read More
A platform for reform

A platform for reform

For the fifth year in a row, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute will bring game-changing, market-oriented, limited-government reforms ideas to the... » Read More
Decision on Ex-Im Bank looms

Decision on Ex-Im Bank looms

President Ronald Reagan, January 30, 1984: "Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Impor... » Read More
The camera never blinks

The camera never blinks

When George Orwell first coined the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," he knew what he was talking about. » Read More
College a major player in Dalton’s rebound

College a major player in Dalton’s rebound

Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of Northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line. » Read More
Another look at Alabama’s education budget

Another look at Alabama’s education budget

There are some benefits to having Alabama's two budget earmarked revenue model, including the certainty of the amount of revenue that can be used to fund education and only education. However, this... » Read More
A character of caring

A character of caring

History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administra... » Read More


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