Category: The Forum

By Mike Klein Mike Klein, EditorGeorgia Public Policy Foundation The Georgia House voted 173 – 0 Thursday morning to pass juvenile justice and civil code reforms that would dramatically change our response to young people who commit crimes, run away,  violate probation or who are in desperate need of services.  HB 242, the biggest rethink in Georgia juvenile strategies in decades, is a massive 244-page bill that would rewrite juvenile justice and civil code.  Now the bill moves to the Senate.  (Watch the House floor discussion and vote.) Friday the House is scheduled to vote on HB 349, companion legislation for the adult system that would change the minimum mandatory sentencing laws for drug trafficking and other serious felony… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 26, 2013

  Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare sticker shock: Atlanta insurers were included in a six-market survey released this month on how much the multiple mandates in the federal health law will cost ordinary Americans. “The findings highlight the sticker shock in health care premiums that awaits the relatively young and healthy in both the small group and individual markets as the [Affordable Care Act] is fully implemented. The survey finds the cost of premiums for this group will increase by an average of 169 percent,” the report said. The other insurers were in Chicago, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Austin, Texas, and Albany, N.Y. For younger and healthier individuals and small businesses,… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT February 25, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Registration Open for, ‘Morality and The Marketplace,’ With Ayn Rand Institute Executive Director Yaron Brook Atlanta – Capitalism has been demonized, markets are not so free and individual responsibility is becoming passé. How does America turn that around? Find out at, “Morality and The Marketplace,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The keynote speaker is Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute and co-author of, “Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.” This event is open to the public but registration is required. The… View Article

Friday Facts: February 22, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” – Thomas Jefferson “Used to the conditions of a capitalistic environment, the average American takes it for granted that every year business makes something new and better accessible to him. Looking backward upon the years of his own life, he realizes that many implements that were totally unknown in the days of his youth and many others which at that time could be enjoyed only by a small minority are now standard equipment of almost every household. He is fully confident that this trend will prevail also in the future. He simply calls it the American way of life and does not give serious… View Article
By Mike Klein Mike Klein, EditorGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Thousands of daycare workers now employed statewide would be required to undergo federal fingerprint background checks under legislation introduced in the House.  Not all at once, mind you, as there would be a phase-in period but eventually, there would be a more complete picture about the felony criminal histories of day care workers, including possible abuse histories. “The safety and security of children are the primary concerns,” said Carolyn Salvador, executive director at the Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA) which is the state’s largest organization representing day care centers.  GCCA has endorsed passage of HB 350.  And, it has been at the table alongside state officials to address issues that… View Article

New Criminal Justice Reform Council Proposed Through 2023

By Mike Klein Mike Klein, EditorGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Georgia would establish an ongoing criminal justice reform council to oversee adult and juvenile justice issues in the state as part of proposed sentencing and corrections legislation being considered by policymakers this session. In addition, adult criminal court judges would be allowed to depart from minimum mandatory sentences in a significantly small number of drug trafficking cases under legislation now before a House committee.  Many of the provisions in  HB 349, now before a House committee, were developed by the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform.  The Special Council’s juvenile justice recommendations are contained in HB 242. This week will be important for both pieces of legislation.  Tuesday afternoon,… View Article

A Model for Using Hybrid Approach in the Classroom

By Eric Wearne Eric WearneSenior FellowGeorgia Public Policy Foundation As the research continues to try to keep up with the practice on online and blended learning, it can be useful to look at what the marketplace of ideas is producing in the real world. Last week Education Sector profiled Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School, a charter school in Los Angeles, and discussed the school’s use of technology to expand the reach of its teachers: “The school uses a hybrid model that combines online and traditional instruction and allows students to learn in three different ways. On this particular fall day, 16 students are getting traditional in-person instruction in Algebra I from teacher Wendy Chaves; roughly the same number… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT February 19, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Register for “American Dream, American Nightmare,” with Cato’s Randal O’Toole Atlanta – Did you know that Georgia had the nation’s fourth-highest foreclosure rate in 2012? There were 105,610 foreclosure filings last year, or one for every 39 homes. Who’s to blame? Greedy bankers? Corrupt politicians? Ignorant homeowners? Find out from Randal O’Toole, author of, “American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership,” at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8.a.m. on Tuesday, February 19 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.   The event, titled “American Dream, American Nightmare“, is a not-to-be-missed explanation of the forces at play in the housing… View Article
This week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, quoted Kelly McCutchen’s response to a study that reported that expanding Medicaid would benefit Georgia’s economy: “McCutchen said low-income Georgians need access to health care, but he pointed out that the state can’t afford its current Medicaid program. ‘You would have a large economic impact if you drop $4 billion out of a helicopter, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do,’ McCutchen said. ‘The issue is what is the best way to address the uninsured in Georgia, and is it sustainable?’”  … View Article

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