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CKS Packaging is a successful business that also supports those in their community. Through worker training programs, they are providing long-term employment in a stable work environment.

Benefiting Low-Wage Workers without Minimum Wage Laws

Benefiting Low-Wage Workers without Minimum Wage Laws

Strategies to help everyone If it is a bad idea to raise the minimum wage, or even have a minimum wage law to begin with, where does this leave the low-wage worker? We already examined the empirical evidence showing that minimum wage laws reduce employment among the...

Why the Minimum Wage is Bad News for Small Business

Why the Minimum Wage is Bad News for Small Business

Why that’s bad for everyone else, and how raising costs can have disastrous economic consequences. In a prior blog, I explained how empirical research supports the side of the debate asserting negative consequences due to minimum wage laws. Now we’ll look under the...

PROGRAMS

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HIRING WELL DOING GOOD

A platform that brings local non-profits and businesses together to provide work.

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PRISONER RE-ENTRY

Resources for ex-offenders to help bring opportunity and hope.

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YOUTH APPRENTICESHIPS

Offering opportunities that will jump start opportunity for youth in our communities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARKETING YOURSELF: GET YOUR DREAM JOB

COLUMBUS, GA | Free Online and In-Person Training

The training includes discovering what employers care about, mastering interviews, showing your strengths, and dressing for success. 

THE CHANGING COVID WORKFORCE

COLUMBUS, GA | Business Training Sessions

Join us for discussions that will feature leaders from the Columbus-area sharing expertise on how to adapt to the changing work environment during and after the pandemic.

POLICY

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CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

The opportunity for abuse and the lack of accountability is resulting in a system of corruption.

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PAID FAMILY LEAVE

How businesses can support and foster strong families through workplace initiatives.

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WELFARE REFORM

Addressing the policies of welfare so that we meet needs while removing obstacles that trap people on welfare.

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HIRING EX-OFFENDERS

How and why businesses can institute second chance programs in their community.

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POLICY HANDBOOK

Public Policies for a Thriving Georgia.

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BENEFIT CLIFFS

A website for identifying unintended consequences of policy that traps people in dependencies.

ADDITIONAL POLICY 

INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY

Exploring ways to break the cycle of poverty passed from generation-to-generation.

Cooperation Needed to Solve Welfare Cliff Problem

States should consider adopting common principles on the best ways to make the system more rational and also work together to achieve success.

Confirmed. Welfare Cliffs Pervasive in 8 Southeast States

A review of the welfare cliffs that exist in the southeast of the United States and how legislatures can identify where cliffs exist in their state. 

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP IN GEORGIA

Dr. Lerman’s most recent report, focuses on Georgia’s Youth Apprenticeship program, created in the mid 1990s with fewer than 400 student participants. Today, the program has grown to more than 3,000 students in nearly 350 schools across the state. 

SYSTEMIC WELFARE IN GEORGIA: PART 1 THE CASE FOR REFORM

Part 1 of 3 in a report on systemic welfare. This report demonstrates how the current system does not meet these assumptions and points to the need for reform.

SYSTEMIC WELFARE IN GEORGIA: PART 2 PRINCIPLES AND FRAMEWORK FOR REFORM

Part 2 of 3 in a report on systemic welfare. In this report we explore the new system as we imagine it could be, give guiding principles, provide a general framework for how the reformed system can function, and establish preliminary steps needed to implement the vision.

SYSTEMIC WELFARE IN GEORGIA: PART 3 HOW THE NEW SYSTEM WILL WORK

Part 3 of 3 in a report on systemic welfare. In the final report we present a structure Georgia’s governor and executive agencies could adopt to effectively and in relatively short order implement a reformed system.

PRISON REFORM

TRUTH GRAF FOUND HER VOICE AND BECAME A CHAMPION FOR PRISON REFORM

OUR PARTNERS

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OUR WORK STAFF

Eric Cochling

Eric Cochling

Chief Program Officer

Kristin Barker

Kristin Barker

HWDG Program Manager

Jace Brooks

Jace Brooks

Director of the Gwinnett Workforce Initiative

Kelsey Underwood

Kelsey Underwood

Agile Product Manager

Erik Randolph

Erik Randolph

Director Of Research

Download Fortifying Pathways

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DownloadGeorgia School Choice Handbook

DownloadGeorgia School Choice Handbook

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Deep Red Valleys Report

Deep Red Valleys Report

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Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

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An Alternative To Incarceration

An Alternative To Incarceration

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A High Price To Pay

A High Price To Pay

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Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

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Prisoner Reentry | The State of Corrections

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Prisoner Reentry

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Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare System White Paper

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare SystemExecutive Summary

Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare SystemExecutive Summary

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