Georgia Public Policy Foundation
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a free market think tank located in the state of Georgia. Established in 1991, it conducts scholarly research and analysis of state public policy issues and works to educate citizens, policy-makers and the media.
The mission of the Foundation "is to be the most respected and influential source of public policy research, analysis and education in Georgia." It pushes to be "explicitly practical rather than theoretical or 'academic.'"
The GPPF has three major initiatives - free enterprise, education, and environment - each of which include a number of issues.
The Free Enterprise Initiative was created "to encourage policies that lead to continued economic growth in Georgia. By applying sound economic principles to Georgia's economic challenges, the Foundation presents research and programs in the areas of legal reform, government regulation, and tax and spending policy."
A major publication of the Initiative has been the Report Card on Taxes. First published in 1998, it allows citizens to compare the breakdown of federal, state, and local taxes paid in each tax jurisdiction in Georgia.
The Education Initiative's goal "is to research, support and advocate education reform focused on student achievement, high standards, accountability, choice and teacher quality."
It is working to make the education system more transparent by creating a "Report Card" for parents to investigate schools. First created in 1996, it allows citizens to compare schools in every county in the state on a wealth of factors, including rankings and spending.
The Environmental Initiative works "to study long-term trends in environmental quality and explore how markets, property rights, local action and private initiative can improve environmental conditions." Covering air quality, land use, and water, the Initiative's work is based on four foundational principles:
- Private property rights encourage stewardship of resources.
- Government subsidies often degrade the environment.
- Market incentives spur individuals to conserve resources and protect environmental quality.
- Polluters should be liable for the harm they cause others.