Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: June 19, 2015

It’s Friday!  New board member: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce Ray Padrón, Managing Partner, President and COO of Brightworth, has joined the Board of Trustees. Quotes of Note “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain “[A] father’s absence lowers children’s educational attainment not by altering their scores on cognitive tests but by disrupting their social and emotional adjustment and reducing their ability… View Article
Ever since school choice programs have existed, opponents have argued these programs do financial harm to tradational public schools. Our Senior Fellow, Dr. Ben Scafidi, published a study for the Friedman Foundation to address the following question: “If a significant number of students left a public school district for any reason from one year to the next, then is it feasible for the district to reduce some of its expenditures commensurate with the decrease in its student population?” According to Scafidi: “The answer that comes from analyzing the finances of large and small school districts that lost students is ‘yes.’ Both the large school districts and the small ones were able to reduce the combination of instructional and support expenses… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 18, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Ray Padrón Joins Georgia Public Policy Foundation Board of Trustees  Atlanta — The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce that Ray Padrón, Managing Partner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Brightworth, an Atlanta-based wealth management company, has joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  “We’re excited that Ray has agreed to join the Board of Trustees of this uniquely Georgia-focused, free-market think tank,” said Rogers Wade, Board Chairman and past president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  “Ray’s active involvement in improving Georgia’s business climate plus his profession as a wealth manager have shown him first-hand the economic impact of… View Article

Principles for Professional Licensing Reform

Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced plans to reform professional licensing in Michigan, writes Mackinac Center for Public Policy policy analyst Jarrett Skorup. Gov. Snyder has proposed a set of principles to guide reform: There must be a substantial harm or danger to the public health, safety, or welfare as a result of unregulated practice, which will be abated through licensure. The practice of the occupation must require highly specialized education or training. The cost to state government of regulating the occupation must be revenue neutral. There must be no alternatives to state regulation of the occupation (such as national or third-party accreditation) which adequately protect the public. The scope of practice must be clearly distinguishable from other licensed, certified,… View Article

Free the Nurses

In March, Nebraska became the 20th state to allow nurses with the most advanced degrees to practice without a doctor’s oversight in a variety of medical fields. Writing in Forbes, John Goodman argues that more states should move in this direction. “These regulations have the greatest impact on the poor, especially the rural poor. The farther a nurse is located from a doctor’s office, the less likely the physician will be willing to make the drive to supervise the nurse. This means that people living in poverty-stricken Texas counties must drive long distances, miss work and take their kids out of school in order to get simple prescriptions and uncomplicated diagnoses. This problem might be alleviated if nurse practitioners were… View Article
EVENT INVITATION June 16, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City! Please join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Georgia’s First City on Wednesday, July 29, as we take our annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day on the road again this year with a luncheon event in the beautiful Stoddard Room at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. Meet Kelly McCutchen, president of Georgia’s only state-focused free-market think tank; Benita Dodd, Foundation vice president, and keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Scafidi,  Georgia’s foremost education expert, at the noon Policy Briefing Luncheon celebrating the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman. Registration is $30; register online here by Monday, July 27. … View Article

Friday Facts: June 12, 2015

It’s Friday! Events July 29: Mark your calendar! The Foundation takes the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day event to Savannah for a Policy Briefing Luncheon. The speaker is Dr. Ben Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost expert on education funding. $30. Register here. October 15: Registration is open for the sixth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Review the 2014 Forum here. Registration is $125 per person; an Early Bird rate ($100) applies until Friday, September 4. Register here. Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. Quotes of Note by Milton Friedman “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by… View Article

Health Reform 2.0

By Ronald E. Bachman Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more changes are on the way. What will the next wave of health reform look like and when will it happen? With the pending Supreme Court decision on the ACA subsidies, Health Reform 2.0 may happen sooner rather than later. Whether the changes are modifications, replacements, repeal or expansion, certain basic principles should be at the core of Health Reform 2.0. Objectives: 1. Personalized Healthcare – Government mandated one-size-fits-all plan designs should be eliminated in favor of more options that are affordable and meet individual and family needs. Individuals should be rewarded for healthy choices and engagement in healthy lifestyles and treatment compliance. 2. Consumer-Centered –… View Article
Georgia’s total K-12 funding in Fiscal Year 2013 was $10,370 per pupil, according to the latest Public Education Finances report from the U.S. Census Bureau released this month. Spending per pupil, excluding capital expenditures, was $9,099. These amounts ranked 38th and 37th highest nationally. (See Table 11 on page 11.) As a percentage of personal income, Georgia’s funding ranked 14th and its expenditures ranked 12th. (See Table 12 on page 12.) Analyzing revenues and expenditures as a percentage of personal income can account for differences in cost of living between states.… View Article
Abstract Despite civil asset forfeiture’s noble intentions, the many stories of innocent victims and law enforcement abuses prove that the pendulum has swung too far in favor of law enforcement. In reforming forfeiture laws, however, we must be careful not to swing the pendulum too far in the opposite direction. The process should be made fairer and more transparent, the profit incentive of forfeiture should be abolished or severely constrained, and there should be greater oversight. Civil asset forfeiture should be returned to its original purpose: penalizing those who seek to profit from their illegal activities. If such funds were deposited into the general treasury, nothing would preclude law enforcement authorities from going to Congress or their state legislatures and… View Article

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