– T-SPLOST reminder: If you missed coverage of the study the Foundation released last week analyzing the July 31 Transportation sales tax referendum, you can view the event video here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKkUC7qfVto&feature=plcp.
– Government oversight: In its largest single crackdown, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday announced the shutdown of 26 bus operations as “imminent hazards to public safety” and ordered 10 individual bus company owners, managers and employees to cease operations. American Bus Association President/CEO Peter Pantuso praised the move, which followed a yearlong investigation after several bus wrecks.
– 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, 85 events spanning six countries, 45 states and the District of Columbia held and 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.
– Good government: Kudos to Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, who has issued an administrative order establishing rules for considering and retaining outside counsel on a contingency fee basis. Outside counsel for the state has never been paid on a contingency fee basis other than in routine collection matters. “Our goal is to serve as good stewards of taxpayers’ money and always employ outside counsel on the most economical terms possible,” Olens said. For transparency, contracts and payments will be posted online.
– Fat tax? “There may be an argument for taxing fat; but there is no argument for taxing foods that fat people might eat,” says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He makes an excellent case for appropriate policies to address obesity in his most recent blog entry. “For one thing, such a tax is unfair. My secretary eats junk food and wears size zero dresses. Why should she have to pay more for lunch, because an obese person might eat the same type of food?” Read more athttp://tinyurl.com/cqmbxa5.
– High cost of regulation: Insurance regulations in the federal health care reform law will raise premiums, as demonstrated in several states, including Maine, that have already implemented similar regulations. Maine gives a good picture of how much the regulations arbitrarily raised the cost of health insurance: After it recently repealed these regulations, premiums declined as much as 69 percent! Source: Wall Street Journal
– This week in The Forum: Read Benita Dodd’s Checking Up On Health blog post to find out what will happen after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the health care law, how cost-effective HSAs are and what breakthrough has taken place in stem cell cultivation. Read this and other recent Foundation articles and posts on The Forum athttp://forum.georgiapolicy.org/.
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– Visit www.georgiapolicy.org to read the Foundation’s latest commentary, “Competitive Cross-State Selling of Individual Policies a Healthy Practice,” by Ronald E. Bachman.
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