Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: September 25, 2015

It’s Friday! Events October 15: Just 19 days left to register for the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly on Thursday, October 15! Join legislators, government affairs representatives and other interested Georgians to learn from national experts how “Opportunity” knocks at this daylong event with the theme of “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. Register here. Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. December 8: Mark your calendar! The Foundation hosts, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a panel discussion at The Cobb Galleria. Details to follow. Quotes of Note During a conference that took her to Philadelphia… View Article

Reforming Medicaid with Technology

By Merrill Matthews  Every state is looking for ways to reduce its Medicaid spending. Here’s an untested idea: Integrate existing technology to help Medicaid beneficiaries and their health care providers monitor and manage their health care. Medicaid’s Scope The federal-state Medicaid program is by far the largest health insurance plan, covering 62 million Americans, and it is the first or second biggest budget item in most states. Actually, Medicaid is three different programs. It provides health insurance for low-income children, pregnant women and some adults, covering about 40 percent of all births, and more than 50 percent in some states; It is the primary source of coverage for the disabled; and It covers certain costs for poor seniors, including nursing… View Article

What’s A Market-Oriented Think Tank?

Alejandro Chafuen writes in, “Thinking About Think Tanks: Which Ones Are The Best?” in Forbes magazine A “market-oriented” think tank is grounded on the reality that respect for private property within a context of rule of law with limited government has been the path for  the wealth of nations. Think tanks that are not market-oriented study how to redistribute wealth, how to increase taxation, or  the optimum rate of monetary debasement. Governments have typically relied on their own internal think tanks for that research, and complemented it by research from state-subsidized universities. Market-oriented think tanks focus on finding private solutions to public problems. Read more here.… View Article

Correcting Misinformation on School Choice

This blog post by Martin Lueken was published by EducationNext at http://educationnext.org/correcting-misinformation-on-school-choice/. By Martin Lueken In an opinion piece in the Nonprofit Quarterly with the title “What Wisconsin and Arizona Should Teach Us About School Vouchers,” Martin Levine recycles several claims commonly trumpeted by school choice opponents – but without any evidence or appropriate context. Mr. Levine ignores the ample evidence available that school choice provides benefits for children. This does a disservice to the thousands of children and families who have benefited from school choice over the last couple decades. Let’s first begin with Mr. Levine’s claim of “little evidence of improved educational outcomes from those students who these programs have assisted.” Though a frequent talking… View Article

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Robert M. “Bob” Weekley, who died of pancreatic cancer in February 2015 at age 72, was an enthusiastic champion of the benefits of freedom to human flourishing. In 2010, he wrote, I personally give to a variety of causes … but I think my giving to free-market groups is the most important because it preserves the very foundation upon which all wealth is created, which in turn enables all the other philanthropies to continue to exist.  Here’s why he wrote that check: Reprinted from SPN News May/June 2010 issue By Robert M. Weekley If someone else is willing to do all the work, I should be willing to write the check. If the people who have benefited from this marvelous… View Article

Friday Facts: September 18, 2015

It’s Friday! Events October 15: The countdown has begun to the Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly on Thursday, October 15. In less than a month, “Opportunity” knocks at this daylong event, whose theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. Register here. Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. December 8: Mark your calendar! The Foundation hosts, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a panel discussion at The Cobb Galleria. Details to follow. Quotes of Note “At one time you had a lot of people who hadn’t had any economics saying foolish things. Now you have well-known… View Article

Stifling Debate: Transparency vs. Privacy

By Kelly McCutchen  KELLY McCUTCHENPresident, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Would you respond honestly at a public meeting in your community if the speaker asks you to raise your hand if you support gay marriage, a ban on abortion, restrictions on gun purchases or legalization of marijuana? What if the meeting was being videotaped?  For some individuals, expressing their honest views in a public forum could threaten their friendships, their business … even their jobs.  Thankfully, citizens who feel strongly about an issue but concerned about the repercussions of speaking out personally have an option: pooling their money with others who share their views to fund organizations that can make their voices heard in the public debate.  Our long history in… View Article

Launch Georgia K-12 Education on the ‘Seven Cs”

This op-ed by Jim Kelly, a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, was published in the September 4-10, 2015, edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. By Jim Kelly As Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission approaches the release of its first round of draft proposals, now is a good time to focus on some overarching principles for improving K-12 education in Georgia. Otherwise, detailed prescriptions for more equitable education funding, student performance, and teacher recruitment, retention and compensation will fail for a lack of attention to seven essential elements of effective education: creed, competence, curriculum, character, community, compassion and choice.  Among the standard definitions of the word “creed” is “a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone’s… View Article
The Heritage Foundation has produced a helpful factsheet that explains civil asset forfeiture. No. 4, especially, stands out: 4. What if I’m innocent? Surely, innocent people can’t have their property taken. Being innocent does not mean that a state has to return your property. The Supreme Court of the United States has held that the “innocent owner” defense is not constitutionally required. Furthermore, even in states where you do have an innocent owner defense, the burden is typically on you. Your property is presumed to be guilty until you prove that you are innocent and that your property therefore should not be forfeited. In other words, you must prove (1) that you were not involved in criminal activity and (2)… View Article

Friday Facts: September 11, 2015

It’s Friday! Events October 15: The Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum takes place at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly on Thursday, Oct. 15. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote speaker at this daylong event. The theme is, “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity.” Details here. Registration is $125 per person. Register here. Sponsorships are available; contact Benita Dodd. December 8: Mark your calendar! The Foundation hosts, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a panel discussion, at The Cobb Galleria. Details to follow. A memorial at the Pentagon commemorates the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Quotes of Note “This is a day when all Americans from every walk of… View Article

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