Category: The Forum

Checking Up On Health: April 28, 2015

  Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD May is Asthma Awareness Month. That means the ozone non-attainment areas will be subjected once to color-coded days warning you of the danger of pollution. The non-profit organizations will start issuing air-quality rankings around the nation. The warnings about outdoor air quality will include encouragement to stay inside. But you might want to consider the unhealthy policy decisions. First, indoor air quality, with pet dander, buildings shut tight for temperature control, and dust piling into carpets and upholstery, can be much worse than what’s outside.  Further, a new study authored by a research team led by Dr. Corrine Keet of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has found… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen  KELLY McCUTCHENPresident, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Many older Georgians recall our economic leadership in what were called the “Four Ps” – peanuts, poultry, pine trees and pecans. These were solid building blocks of the Georgia economy decades ago, and we can be proud that Georgia still leads in these areas. Over the years, Georgia became home to worldwide industry-leading businesses like Delta, UPS, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Aflac, Gulfstream, AGCO, Shaw Industries, Mohawk Industries, Newell Rubbermaid, Flowers Industries and many others. Moving into the 21st-century economy, Georgia added highly innovative communities of industry to the state. The state has become a leader in health care information technology, financial technology, information security, video game development, interactive marketing, logistics, communications… View Article

Friday Facts: April 24, 2015

It’s Friday!  Social media: The Foundation’s Facebook page has 2,388 “likes.” Please share it to help us reach 2,400 “likes” in our 24th year in Georgia! Join us on twitter.com/gppf and share the Friday Facts! Quotes of Note “I own myself the friend to a very free system of commerce, and hold it as a truth, that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic.” – James Madison “There are currently 139 schools across Georgia that have received a failing grade from the state accountability system for at least three consecutive years. Too few of these students go on to higher education, too few attain job skills and too few get a high school diploma. Too often this leads… View Article

Eva Galambos: Farewell to an Iron Lady of Georgia

Friends: The funeral for Eva Galambos, the first mayor of Sandy Springs, Ga., was Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Eva was a memorable lady; read her official obituary here. I remember the first time I met her. She came by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation to discuss her favorite topic: creating the City of Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos joined Leonard Gilroy of the Reason Foundation at the first Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in 2010 for a panel discussion on the privatization and outsourcing of government services. We pushed back, questioning the need to create another layer of government. She maintained that consolidated government typically consolidates at the highest service level. She explained: Imagine, for example, two local… View Article

Deepwater Horizon: Drawn-Out Tempest in a Teacup

By Harold Brown Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was called catastrophic by many. President Obama declared, “This oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced;” the National Resource Defense Council said, two years later, “a people wronged and a region scarred remains.” Five years later, what remains of this “worst environmental disaster” and “scarred” region? There were many projections, estimates and guesses – before and after the well was finally capped – about how many millions of barrels of crude spilled into the Gulf. Photos of pelicans slimed in oil, dolphins smothered, beaches covered in black, and tar-balls strewn like rocks on… View Article

Friday Facts: April 17, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of NoteGood teachers are so important to student learning that if the lowest-performing 5 to 7 percent of all teachers were replaced with just average teachers, the long-term benefits to the nation’s human capital would be enough to increase annual economic growth rates by as much as 1 percent annually, according to estimates from Stanford economist Eric Hanushek.” – Paul E. Peterson “Culturally enriching field trips matter. … [S]eeing plays is an effective way to teach academic content; increases student tolerance by providing exposure to a broader, more diverse world; and improves the ability of students to recognize what other people are thinking or feeling.” – Jay P. Greene, “Learning from Live Theater”… View Article

Secretary of State Brian Kemp Keynotes May 14 Event

  EVENT INVITATION April 15, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Secretary of State Brian Kemp Keynotes May 14 Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – The Office of Georgia’s Secretary of State is responsible for voter registration and election activities, professional licensing, corporate filings and oversight of the state securities’ market – a variety of wide-ranging duties with far-reaching impacts. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the statewide-elected official who heads the office, will keynote the Foundation’s May 14 Leadership Breakfast, “License to Work,” 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Kemp will discuss his efforts to streamline procedures and make it easier to start businesses and the challenges surrounding professional licensing. He’ll… View Article
Georgia’s successful criminal justice reforms were highlighted recently at an event in Atlanta hosted by the Charles Koch Institute. Enea Gjoza and Ewan Watt of the Charles Koch Institute highlighted Georgia’s efforts in an article published by InsiderAdvantage, “Georgia Sketching Out a Path to Criminal Justice Reform.” Some highlights: In just five years Georgia has seen its adult prison population fall from approximately 60,000 inmates to 53,000. This has largely been the result of community-based initiatives that assess and divert non-violent offenders into the programs best placed to aid rehabilitation and reduce recidivism. In the past, jails and prisons were often used as depositories for individuals who posed no physical threat to others, resulting in severe overcrowding. For… View Article

Friday Facts: April 10, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The professional licensing industry is filled with much more intrigue than one may assume. Regulation is often the product of a chummy relationship between elected officials and those in business who want to cut down on their competition to maximize profits. Every year, parades of people representing a variety of vocations travel to state capitols across the nation asking for their fields to be licensed and regulated.” – Scott Reeder “[W]e have a criminal-justice system with too many opportunities for generating defendants, too few inhibitions on prosecutors, and ongoing corrosion of the rule and morality of law. Congress, the ultimate cause of all this, has work to undo.” – George Will “America is a… View Article

What Happened Under the Gold Dome 2015

A quick summary of key economic issues: Education: Increase in the cap on the tuition tax credit scholarship that was hit in a matter of hours on January 1 of this year: No action Education Savings Accounts, similar to those in Arizona and Florida, that allows parents to tailor education spending to meet the unique needs of their children: Passed committee, no vote in the House Creation of a Opportunity School District for failing schools: Passed Move on When Ready 2.0 allowing high school students to take college level classes while still enrolled in high school: Passed Address state charter and virtual school funding: No action Allow workplace charter schools: Passed committee, no vote in the House Allow charter school… View Article

When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn’t changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!

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