– “The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell
– “As I approach the gates of heaven; St. Peter I will tell; One more soldier reporting sir; I’ve served my time in hell. – Mark Anthony Gresswell
– “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain, Notebook, 1904
– June 27: Register now for “The Road to Freedom,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at Cobb County’s Georgian Club with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, focusing on his new book, “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise.” The registration fee of $50 includes a copy of the book. For information and to register, go to http://tinyurl.com/7asrdna. The event is sponsored by Ray Padron. Ray is President of Brightworth Private Wealth Management.
– July 12: Mark your calendar for the Friedman Legacy for Freedom Luncheon, an event in Gainesville, Ga., that will feature school choice expert Jay Greene. Last year, 45 states and the District of Columbia held an event to mark the birthday of the late Milton Friedman.
– September 21: Save the date! The Foundation’s third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing will be held in Atlanta on Friday, September 21. Please note that the event venue has changed to the Atlanta Hilton/Marietta Conference Center. Details to follow! Past events have featured Wall Street Journal editorial board member Steve Moore, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus.
– The perfect storm: At least 13 million Americans could be joining the Medicaid rolls if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes Supreme Court muster. But a growing number of physicians say they can no longer afford to accept new Medicaid patients. A new survey by Jackson Healthcare found that because of declining reimbursements, 36 percent of physicians say they are not accepting new Medicaid patients. Twenty-six percent don’t see Medicaid patients. But 66 percent of dermatologists, 64 percent of endocrinologists, 57 percent of physical medicine and rehabilitations and 53 percent of adult psychiatrists say they can’t take on more Medicaid patients.
– Choice promotes quality: An editorial in The Washington Post urges Congress and the Obama Administration to restore Washington, D.C.’s school voucher program to avoid “denying hundreds of underprivileged D.C. students the chance for a quality education.” The nonprofit organization that adminsiters the program of federally funded school vouchers held two open houses to solicit interest from low-income families for the upcoming school year. The response was overwhelming; nearly 1,200 new applications were received.
– Issue Analysis: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation released a study this week on the upcoming transportation sales tax referendum in Georgia. The complete study, by Adjunct Scholar Baruch Feigenbaum, Transportation Policy Analyst for the Reason Foundation, can be accessed here:http://www.georgiapolicy.org/pub/Transportation/120523IATSPLOSTFINAL.pdf. Read Feigenbaum’s commentary, a summary of the Issue Analysis conclusions, here:http://tinyurl.com/bsyb3ez. View the event video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKkUC7qfVto&feature=plcp. View the Powerpoint presentation here:www.georgiapolicy.org/pub/transportation/TSPLOSTPPT.ppt.
– FoundationTV: View the event video of “Getting Georgia Going,” the Foundation’s May 23 Leadership Breakfast, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKkUC7qfVto&feature=plcp.
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– Visit www.georgiapolicy.org to read our commentary, “Scholarship Groups Need Oversight, not Overregulation,” by Eric Wearne.
– “The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” – William Havard
Have a great Memorial Day weekend; remember those who died to preserve our freedoms.
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