Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: September 28, 2012

It’s Friday! Events October 16: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher turns 87 on October 13. The Foundation marks the birthday of this remarkable leader with a Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Thatcher advisor and longtime friend John Blundell, who is author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” This event is at the Georgian Club. Registration is $60 and includes a copy of Blundell’s book. Register by Friday, October 12, at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Seating is limited; register early! October 9: Georgia’s voter registration deadline is October 9. Stand up and be counted! To find out more, go to http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/. Quotes of Note “It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in… View Article

How to Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

(This article is excerpted from a policy treatment about questions states must ask themselves as they adjust to increased responsibilities and reduced revenue.  The author Bob Williams is President of State Budget Solutions and previously, he was founder of the Freedom Foundation.) By Bob Williams Budgets drive all policy, which is why debating, writing and approving a state budget is the primary task legislators must accomplish. Governors and state agencies cannot spend even one dollar without legislative approval. Bob Williams, President, State Budget Solutions Many state legislators start the budget process by focusing almost entirely on “inputs” (i.e., how much needs to be put in to sustain current programs and expenses). They take existing programs, adjust costs for inflation, add… View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: September 25, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Season opens for health plans: It’s the fall health insurance open enrollment season, and among the things you can expect to see are that premiums will rise 5.3 percent in 2013, a slightly smaller increase than 2012. Also costing more will be dependent coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, allows adult children to stay on their parents’ plans until they reach age 26. Tracy Watts of human resources consultant Mercer told Kaiser Health News, “Companies are not really wanting to be a dependent magnet. They want to be competitive, but not so generous that everybody comes… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2012 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 Foundation’s Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum Celebrates The Iron Lady’s Birthday with Thatcher advisor John Blundell Atlanta – October 13 is the 87th birthday of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s only female Prime Minister, who served three consecutive terms (1979-1990) and is one of the dominant political figures of 20th-century Britain, where “Thatcherism” continues to have a huge influence.  Celebrate the Iron Lady’s birthday on Tuesday, October 16, with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Thatcher advisor John Blundell, her decades-long friend and author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” The event, a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book… View Article

The Search for an Online Learning “Magic Bullet”

By Eric Wearne Economics writer Arnold Kling recently discussed his views in The American on likely future winners and losers in the education technology / online learning sector.  He has also thoughtfully written about online learning here, and here, for example. His thesis in The American article is that technologies that enable “one student [to receive] personalized instruction that comes from many educators” will be the real future of teaching, rather than technologies that allow one teacher to reach many more students. Given that approach, Kling bets against MOOCs, just as others are doubling down on that strategy.  Coursera has just doubled its list of partners, adding Emory, among many others.  (See also here and here regarding… View Article
By Lawrence W. Reed Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education With so much talk these days of scandal, incompetence and failed programs, trust in government is on the ropes. To some people, this development is lamentable. They write articles about the need to “renew our faith in democratic institutions.” But this may be a case where the general population is smarter than the pundits. Polls testify to a fading faith in government. One from the American Enterprise Institute more than a decade ago showed that barely 20 percent of Americans “trust government in Washington to do what is right ‘most of the time’ or ‘just about always.’” That was down from about three-quarters of Americans in 1963. A… View Article

Friday Facts: September 21, 2012

It’s Friday! The Foundation unveils, “Getting Georgia Moving: Plan B for Transportation,” today at 3 p.m. during the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th Street). The conservative Policy Leadership Institute Foundation are joint hosts of the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum which, in addition to the transportation proposals, the daylong event will feature national experts and policy leaders spotlighting health care reform, options in education and the innovation economy. Access the agenda at http://www.georgiapolicy.org/additional-links/legislative-policy-forum/.  Tweet today from the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum using #gapolicyforum. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gppf.  Quotes of Note  “Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. [I]ndustry will… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, September 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Georgia think tank ready with ideas for freight, funding and congestion relief Atlanta The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will unveil, “Getting Georgia Moving: Plan B for Transportation,” on Friday, September 21, at 3 p.m. during the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th Street). The Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI) and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation are joint hosts of the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. In addition to the transportation proposals, the daylong event will feature national experts and policy leaders spotlighting health care reform, options in education and the innovation economy.… View Article

The Charter School Issue Comes Down to Choice

By Lawrence W. Reed In less than two months, Georgia voters will decide an important question about the future of education in our state: Should charter schools be authorized by a statewide, appointed commission or must they secure the approval of local school boards? Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education I’ve lived in Georgia for less than three years, but I worked on education reform issues for 30 years in Michigan. The two states are hundreds of miles apart but in so many ways, the issues of charter schools and education reform share the same background and alignment of special interests. From the first moment that terms like “choice,” “competition” and “accountability” entered the education reform debate in… View Article

In the News

The Foundation’s Benita Dodd writes in an op-ed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of September 17, 2012, that raising the speed limit can be a safe move in the right direction. It’s a safe bet. It’s also planning ahead: “Smart” cars that can automatically keep a safe distance from other vehicles — and can even operate driverless — already promise to be the wave of the future. They increase lane capacity, improve traffic flow, set higher safety benchmarks and avoid human error. Google recently announced that its driverless cars had traveled 300,000 miles without incident.… View Article

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