Category: The Forum

Checking Up On Health: November 26, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODDVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Welcome to the Thanksgiving holiday edition of Checking Up On Health, my unsuccessful attempt to make you feel especially guilty for indulging this week! A funny thing happened on national TV this month. On MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” program host Rachel Maddow took it upon herself to criticize the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and my boss, Kelly McCutchen. I view it as a feather in our cap. You see, at the Foundation, we don’t believe that the state of Georgia should expand Medicaid under the unfortunately named Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. We’ve proposed alternatives, here, here and in numerous other… View Article

Foundation Announces 2 New Board of Trustees Members

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release November 26, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Announces 2 New Board of Trustees Members Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two Georgians to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Macon residents Roy H. Fickling and Robert F. “Robbo” Hatcher. “The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is an independent, non-partisan think tank that tackles public policy with the goal of improving the lives of all Georgians,” said Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Foundation. “We are thrilled to add these two accomplished leaders to our Board. Both care very deeply about the future of the state, both are actively engaged at… View Article
An article in The Atlanta Business Chronicle edition of November 22-28, 2013, cites the Foundation’s work on tax reform in 2013. Headlined, “Discussion beginning on Georgia tax changes,” the article quotes Kelly McCutchen, Foundation president, and Christine Ries, Foundation Senior Fellow. http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2013/11/22/discussion-beginning-on-georgia-tax.html Leslie Johnson, Contributing Writer Progress on tax reform legislation in Georgia may not be around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped discussion on the subject and pushes to move forward. One of the issues at the heart of the debate is the state’s income tax. Proponents of lowering or eliminating it say doing so would make a huge difference to Georgia’s economy. Kelly McCutcheon, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, explained to a Georgia… View Article
By Eric Wearne ERIC WEARNESenior FellowGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Much research has been done over the past few years on the idea of “blended” or “hybrid” learning.  Students in these models attend class part of the time, and learn online part of the time.  One school in Georgia is taking some of these ideas and trying to create a program that implements a hybrid system in a traditional public school setting. South Forsyth High School is in the planning stages of such a program, and recently held an event that drew over 100 parents and students.  Currently, the school is surveying its juniors to gauge interest and seeking applications from students who would like to participate next school year.… View Article

Friday Facts: November 22, 2013

  November 22, 2013  It’s Friday! It’s nearing year’s end, and we’d like to remind you: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Friday Facts, our most popular product, exist thanks to your support and contributions. Please help us continue “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives,” with your tax-deductible end-of-year contribution at http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm. You know we’re getting under their skin: We’re sporting another feather in our cap after the Foundation earned a personal mention on MSNBC from a doyenne of Big Government, Rachel Maddow. Maddow, whose syndicated talk radio program of the same name used to air on the George Soros-funded Air America Radio, railed against state think tanks – and specifically referred to the Georgia… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 19, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODDVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease, which is progressive, accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. This includes about 5 million people age 65 and older and about 200,000 younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow as the U.S. population age 65 and older… View Article

Friday Facts: November 15, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar to pursue vain inventions. He lends himself to his own deception.” – Napoleon Bonaparte “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” – Winston Churchill Foster Care The Georgia State Senate is studying a plan to reform the foster care system. Rick JacksonTarren BragdonBill Hancock and It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar… View Article
(Excerpt from Rick Jackson’s testimony before the Georgia Senate Foster Care Initiative Working Group.  Watch on YouTube.) By RICK JACKSON RICK JACKSONPresident, Jackson Healthcare Thank you for the opportunity to discuss improving foster care. Everyone in this room believes doing what’s right for abused and neglected kids in Georgia should be a priority.  This working group is a further testament to that commitment and the willingness to tackle tough but critical issues.  That is why I believe there has never been a better time to purse a bold, proven transformation of our child welfare system.  Working together we can reduce abuse, keep families safely united and provide more kids with safe, loving homes. I know many of you on… View Article
(Excerpt from Tarren Bragdon’s testimony before the Georgia Senate Foster Care Initiative Working Group.  Watch on YouTube.) By TARREN BRAGDON TARREN BRAGDONPresident, Foundation for Government Accountability If you and I went downtown and somebody started hurting my daughter we would both immediately respond and stop him and do whatever it would take to help her because after all, my daughter Waverly is only six and she doesn’t deserve to be treated like that.  If we walked a little bit further and we saw somebody else hurting a little boy we would rush that abuser and immediately help that little boy. But somehow if that abuse happens in a zip code or a family that is far removed from our… View Article
(Excerpt from Bill Hancock’s testimony before the Georgia Senate Foster Care Initiative Working Group.  Watch on YouTube.) By BILL HANCOCK BILL HANCOCKPresident, FaithBridge Foster Care Thank you for the opportunity to part of this conversation today. In a public – private partnership government focuses on protecting children.  Public agencies are free to focus on the fundamentals of child investigation, legislative oversight, private provider contract management, regulatory compliance and data information and management. Providers in partnership with local community leaders have the responsibility and incentives to understand the needs of children and families in their local area and to develop robust continuums of child and family service strategies like home visitation, family preservation, foster care, specialized care and other services… View Article

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