Category: The Forum

Mike KleinEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein As this year’s school days were ending one of Provost Academy Georgia’s online students wrote a note saying, “I have never been this happy in all my years of growing up. I need more positive adults like you in my life.” The student who wrote that note lives on her own and plans to attend college. “We are really, truly, saving lives,” says Provost Superintendent Monica Henson. Provost Academy Georgia is also growing up. This summer Provost is expected to change its relationship with Edison Learning, the national organization that incubated Provost for two years. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Learning Centers name will disappear in favor of new branding. Provost… View Article

Friday Facts: May 30, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally. … As nearly as we can, we must put ourselves in the place of those who uttered the words, and try to divine how they would have dealt with the unforeseen situation; and, although their words are by far the most decisive evidence of what they would have done, they are by no means final.” – Judge Learned Hand “It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.” – Frank Luntz “Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if… View Article

Minimum Wage: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

JEFFREY DORFMANProfessor of Applied EconomicsUniversity of Georgia By Jeffrey Dorfman Last week, voters in Switzerland voted by an overwhelming 76 percent to 24 percent to reject the establishment of Switzerland’s first minimum wage. The proposed wage floor was about $24 per hour and would have been the highest minimum wage in the world if the referendum had passed. A large part of its rejection at the ballot box was a strong informational campaign by employer groups who explained that such a high minimum wage would mean many lower wage workers losing their jobs. This election result is in keeping with some polling here in the U.S. that a majority of people do not support raising the minimum wage… View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 27, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD According to protocol: How will already-busy emergency departments handle the extra business coming their way under ObamaCare, physician Peter Ubel wondered in a recent Forbes column. He noted: “Currently, many hospitals make lots of money providing expensive emergency room care to patients with private insurance or even Medicare. We need to change incentives, so it is not in hospitals’ best interest to prolong observational care.” Ubel cites a solution that Health Affairs reported in a recent study: protocol-driven observation units. An observation unit, typically adjacent to the ER, is where patients stay briefly so that their symptoms can be evaluated. “Clinically speaking, these patients are… View Article
Mike KleinEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein A while back in our American experience heroes mattered. Kids could name the astronauts. You knew about Alan Shepard, the first American to travel to outer space. You could recognize his photo. You knew about John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. You could recognize his photo. I wonder how many today can name an American astronaut. Do we still have American astronauts? Now do we just call them cosmonauts? I cannot name one. I remember having all kinds of heroes as a kid in my formative years, the Fifties and Sixties.  None was greater than Mickey Mantle. To me, Mickey Mantle was baseball, powerful, fast, and able to… View Article
  BENITA DODD By Benita M. Dodd As Memorial Day approaches, the word of the week is “summer.”  Unfortunately, the true meaning of the holiday more often takes a back seat to barbecue. What is now simply the “unofficial start of summer” once was “Decoration Day,” honoring the troops who died in the Civil War. Today, it honors all the Americans who have died in military service. The context is important. Schools are preparing to close after a year of struggling to impart not just academics but character. In some cases, it’s even tougher to teach character: Students’ role models have devolved. Yesterday’s “Hannah Montana” is today’s twerking Miley Cyrus. Many students go home to workaholic parents, single parents, low-income… View Article

Friday Facts: May 23, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “It is endemic to government blunders; the guilty bureaucrats begin to deny, obfuscate and point fingers – in essence, cover up their failings.” – Merrill Matthews “The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.” – Michelle Obama “The economy is not fixed in size, with the only question being one of distribution. Rather, the entire pie can grow, with more resources available to all.” – Michael Tanner “The problem with energy efficiency is that it only concerns itself with reducing energy consumption. This… View Article
MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Make no mistake, whatever else you think about government, it really digs data. The public sector is littered with data understandable to deep-diving data geeks. Then every so often there is an obscure report that even the little people can understand. Friday Report is one of the very best, a virtual window into Georgia justice data. Friday Report is published weekly by the state Department of Corrections. In a series of snapshots you can review categories that report weekly data for the previous twelve months and some data back forty-eight months. Other data goes back further to 2000 and even 1993. A long range view that establishes trend lines is more… View Article
Mike KleinEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Mike Klein Folks are noticing Georgia adult and juvenile justice reforms. This month the Texas Public Policy Foundation hosted a panel discussion that included Georgia pardons and paroles executive director Michael Nail. Nail spoke about his disruptive innovation decision to close brick-and-mortar offices in favor of virtual offices, how the state implemented technology platforms to track parolees, the adoption of a Google platform to change how parole employees fundamentally work and how video hearings radically upgraded time efficiency in the parole process. “Just last week we had the parole board member in Atlanta, we had the offender at Jackson State Prison about sixty miles south (of Atlanta) and we had the (parole) officer… View Article

Sagebrush Rebellion Redivivus:

William Perry Pendley President, Mountain States Legal Foundation The following is adapted from a speech delivered on April 23, 2014, at a Hillsdale College event in Colorado Springs, Colo. For many or maybe even most Americans, reports that a rancher in Clark County, Nevada, was at odds with federal land bureaucrats, that scores of federal lawyers were litigating against him, and that SWAT-garbed and heavily armed federal law-enforcement officers had surrounded his place might have come as a surprise. They might have been even more surprised, in the wake of this standoff—which ended short of deadly escalation thanks in part to negotiations by a local sheriff—to hear that over 50 elected officials from nine Western states had gathered in Utah… View Article

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