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Friday Facts: January 30, 2015

It’s Friday! Events February 18: The Legislature’s transportation funding plan is out. Confused? Be sure to sign up for “Transportation Money Matters,” the Foundation’s February 18 Leadership Breakfast. A panel discussion by Kelly McCutchen and Baruch Feigenbaum of the Reason Foundation will tackle Georgia transportation and funding solutions. $30. Find out more here; register online here. March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “I hold before you my hand with each finger standing erect and alone, and so long as they are held… View Article

Expand Health Care, Not Government

By Nina Owcharenko It’s official: Indiana has given in and adopted ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Before jumping into the weeds of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion agreement with the Obama administration, it is important to realize the agreement still fails some basic principles of reform. First, it adds more people on to the Medicaid rolls, not fewer. The Indiana plan puts 350,000 more Hoosiers on to the overstretched welfare program. Reform should be grounded in reducing Medicaid dependence, not increasing it. Second, it requires more government spending, not less. The Indiana plan will increase Medicaid spending by having the federal taxpayers pick up 90 percent of the costs. Again, reforms should aim to reduce government spending, not increase or merely shift it. Third,… View Article

Transportation Funding Matters: February 18

EVENT INVITATION January 27, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Tackles Transportation Funding at Feb. 18 Event Atlanta – The hot-button discussion has gone on for months: How will Georgia relieve traffic congestion and improve mobility, and what does the state need to do it? Is it more roads, more transit, more taxes or more options? Find out at, “Transportation Money Matters,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, February 18, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The participants in this panel discussion are Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen and Baruch Feigenbaum, transportation analyst with the Reason Foundation. This Leadership Breakfast, which is open to the public, is $30 to… View Article

Georgia School Choice Creeps Forward

By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD When National School Choice Week was launched in 2010, there were just 150 events around the nation, one of them the Georgia Policy Public Policy Foundation’s. This year, the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast on January 21 was one of 11,500 events marking this annual event. Officially, National School Choice Week takes place January 21-31. The Foundation’s 2014 event barely beat the January 28 ice storm that paralyzed Atlanta and cancelled the annual rally at the State Capitol. There’s no rally this year, either, but not for want of support. “We’ve had great attendance and enthusiasm from thousands of students, parents and legislators across the state in the past few years,” said Randy Hicks, whose Georgia View Article

Friday Facts: January 23, 2015

It’s Friday! It’s National School Choice Week January 25-31, with 11,000 events scheduled! Find one near you at http://schoolchoiceweek.com/. If you missed our School Choice Week event, “School Choice: The Next Frontier,” with Dr. Ben Scafidi, view it on our YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/yJcVsle6BdM. Find photographs on Facebook here.  This week’s Friday Facts has a special focus: school choice! Tweet your views on the Foundation’s Twitter page @gppf with hashtag #scw and #gppf. Events February 18: “Transportation Money Matters,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast, featuring a panel discussion by Kelly McCutchen and Baruch Feigenbaum of the Reason Foundation tackling Georgia transportation and funding solutions. $30. Register online by Monday,… View Article
Student Achievement: Eleven of 12 random assignment studies (the gold standard in research) show school choice improves academic outcomes of participants; no study found a negative impact. Of 23 studies, 22 found school choice improves outcomes at public schools. Source: The Heritage Foundation Parental Satisfaction: A survey by Georgia’s largest student scholarship organization found 98.6 percent of parents “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their decision to send their children to a private school. Source: Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program Public School Budget Benefits: The average scholarship ($3,388) is nearly $8,000 lower than total revenues per student ($11,345) in Georgia public schools and more than $1,000 lower than state revenue per student ($4,488). More scholarships equals more savings for… View Article

Friday Facts: January 16, 2015

It’s Friday! Events January 21: The deadline is Monday to register for “School Choice: The Next Frontier,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ben Scafidi, Foundation Senior Fellow and ­the new director of Kennesaw State University’s Education Economics Center. Hear more about Education Savings Accounts, the tuition tax credit program, the proposed Opportunity School District, efforts to replace the QBE funding formula and more. $30. Register by Monday, January 19, at http://bit.ly/1yeTHbm. Saturday: Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd keynotes a community forum, 10 a.m. at the Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville, sponsored by the Union County GOP. Information: Patrick Malone at ptm4936@aol.com. February View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 13, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD A week ago, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation shared the results of a study by our Senior Fellow, Ron Bachman, highlighting Georgia as a leader in telehealth. You can access the study here http://www.georgiapolicy.org/ftp_files/telehealth.pdf. The news release I sent out for the Foundation resulted in a snarky response from one (perennially snarky) reporter: “Telehealth settles for offering the rural poor a very inferior level of care. Thanks a lot.” I wonder how the rural poor who currently have limited access to health care feel about having access to health care through apps on their phones, to specialists in the metro area through video or online consultations via… View Article

Fiscal Prudence, Innovation Both Needed Here

This op-ed by Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, appeared in the Sunday, January 10, 2015, edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. By Kelly McCutchen With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo. Economic opportunity, now more than ever, starts with education. Low- and middle-income children deserve access to the same educational opportunities available to children in affluent families.  Expanding Georgia’s successful tuition tax credit scholarship program is the best first step. Operating at about one-third… View Article

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