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The Foundation’s Best of the Best of 2014!

Dear friend, It’s a busy time of year and we understand you have celebrations and resolutions to finalize! With that in mind, we’re forgoing our popular Friday Facts to bring you an early release: As 2014 winds down, we’ve taken a look back at the year’s informative commentaries, videos, tweets and Facebook shares from the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Here, for your reviewing pleasure, is a countdown of our Top 10 most popular works and Top 10 videos. Commentaries 10. Atlanta’s Icy Logjam a Beacon of Hope for The Future 9. Concierge Primary Care for the Little Guy! 8. Getting Smart on Crime Puts Georgia Ahead 7. Nine Reasons to Question Medicaid Expansion 6. Hundreds Lose Their Georgia Tax Credit View Article

Video: An Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

Panelists discuss conservative health care reform at the Heritage Foundation’s Antipoverty Forum last month. Kelly McCutchen describes an alternative to Medicaid Expansion at the 8:00, 18:00 and the 35:30 minute marks. Eric Cochling of the Georgia Center for Opportunity discusses the value of Georgia’s free- and faith-based clinics.… View Article
By Jon East Florida is one of 14 states that provide tax credit scholarships to children who can’t afford a private school, and a financial approach born of necessity has become one of its greatest strengths. Since the state has no personal income tax, its scholarship relies exclusively on tax-credited contributions from companies. Those contributions, in turn, have fueled the largest scholarship program in the nation. In its 13th year, the Florida program is now serving nearly 69,000 of the state’s most economically disadvantaged students in more than 1,500 private schools. The total contributions this year will approach roughly $350 million. In 2012, Education Week described the Florida scholarship law as a national “model.” The scholarship serves truly needy students,… View Article

Friday Facts: December 19, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.” – Confucius “Listening to what voters said in the 1994 elections and ‘triangulating’ to take America where it wanted to go, President Clinton put into place a bipartisan program that created jobs, growth and a balanced budget. Reagan never signed a major bill that achieved all he wanted, but he got enough to change America and the world. Bipartisan consensus under both presidents promoted broad-based prosperity, with average growth rates of 4.4 percent in the final six years of the Clinton and Reagan presidencies.” – Former senator Phil Gramm and Michael Solon writing in the Wall Street Journal “How many observe… View Article

Transit Should Stay off Tracks and on the Road

By Baruch Feigenbaum BARUCH FEIGENBAUMTransportation AnalystReason Foundation This legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly is expected to tackle transportation reform, with many hoping lawmakers address both roadways and transit. It appears they will: At a recent transportation industry gathering, state leaders including Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle detailed the importance of transit. Unfortunately, Metro Atlanta has one of the most deficient transit systems of any major metro area in the country. A recent Brookings Institution study ranked Atlanta 10th worst in the country for combined access to transit and employment. Transit serves only 38 percent of metro Atlanta residents. Only 22 percent of jobs are accessible by transit. Only 3.4 percent of jobs are a 45-minute, one-way commute via transit. Only… View Article

Fiscal Research Center Analysis Needs to be Fixed

By Benjamin Scafidi  The Fiscal Research Center (FRC) at Georgia State University produced a fiscal analysis of Georgia’s tuition tax credit scholarship program. I had a long list of specific critiques of their report. The authors of the FRC report have written a reply. Below is my response. I stand by every word I wrote in the critique of the FRC’s original report. Nothing in their reply convinced me otherwise. The FRC’s reply to my critique ignored most of my concerns about their original report. Other concerns I raised were not seriously considered. I will leave it to state policymakers to carefully consider my concerns of the FRC’s original report. For their benefit I address three issues here:… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release December 18, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Study Finds Benefits in Education Savings Accounts Georgians could enjoy individualized education options, potential college savings Atlanta – Georgia taxpayers could save nearly $20 million annually by implementing a new school choice option, education savings accounts, already in place in Arizona and Florida, according to a new study released today by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. The study, “Opportunity for All: Education Savings Accounts in Georgia,” by Dr. Eric Wearne, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation, is the first to examine the benefits to the state of Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), a mechanism that puts parents directly in… View Article

The Hidden Danger in Title II for Tech Companies

By Stephen Loftin Marketing guru Seth Godin recently posted a blog supporting net neutrality as a way to keep internet companies from censoring content they don’t like. His piece brings up an interesting point that the tech community needs to think through before we go too far down the road of regulating the internet. Godin asks this question – “What if the search engines or ISPs decide to ‘disappear’ content they don’t like?” (emphasis added) The point begs a very interesting question – If, as Godin proposes, regulation of the internet is required to eliminate the threat of censorship, where would that regulation of the internet stop? Once it applies to ISPs, who else would then need to become subject… View Article

Frequently Asked Questions About Toll Concessions

Below is the excerpt of a message from one of our senior fellows, Bob Poole, on a timely subject – transportation. Specifically, he addresses conservative concerns about public private partnerships and toll projects. His recently published Frequently Asked Questions about Toll Concessions is worth the read. I’m Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation. The topic I’d like to raise with you is market-based highway policy. What I mean by that term is a set of policies for 21st-century highways that depart from the statist model that evolved in the 20th century. Whereas highways in the pre-auto 19th century were mostly toll roads, created by entrepreneurs, 20th-century highways were entirely governmental—meaning state-owned, with funding based on taxes on… View Article

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