Category: The Forum

2015 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

6th Annual Georgia  Legislative Policy Forum Theme: Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel 2450 Galleria Parkway; Atlanta, GA  30339 Time: 7:30-8 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Program (not including the Bridges to Education Reception after the event) Lunch included Program and Speaker Bios AGENDA 7:30-8:00 – Continental Breakfast 8:00  Welcome, Senator Hunter Hill, Chairman of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute 8:05 Program Overview, Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation 8:20 – 9:00 Principles Award presentation by the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute Breakfast Keynote: Ross Mason, Founder of the Healthcare Institute for National Renewal and Innovation (HINRI) 9:00 – 10:15 Session… View Article

Friday Facts: November 20, 2015

It’s Friday!  A personal note: Our condolences to those affected recently by terrorism in France and elsewhere. “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” – Dalai Lama XIV Events December 8: Register by December 4 to attend, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a summit and luncheon hosted featuring experts from the Reason Foundation and Allovue.10:30-1:30 p.m. at The Gallery, Cobb Galleria Centre. $30. Registration and information here. Have you seen our Giving Tuesday posts? We’re at No. 13 today! Visit our Facebook page and follow as we… View Article
Georgia Public Policy Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd testified Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the federal Environmental Protection Agency public hearings in Atlanta on the proposed federal plan and model rules for the Clean Power Plan. Hearings were held in  in Pittsburgh, Denver, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The hearings provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action.  My name is Benita Dodd and I am Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, the state-based free market public policy research organization in Georgia. Thank you for the opportunity to address you on the proposed federal plan and model rules for the Clean Power Plan. The Foundation opposes the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan… View Article
By Ross Elliott  When’s the last time you heard some futurist or management guru suggest that in the future more of us will be working at the same desk doing routine tasks on a predictable working week schedule? No? That’s just one of many problems that advocates of limitless spending on public transport need to keep in mind in dealing with the issue of urban congestion. Increasing urban congestion is said to cost the economy dearly and if Infrastructure Australia is to be believed, it will cost even more in the future unless something is done now. They warn the current estimate of a $13.7 billion annual cost will balloon to $53 billion by 2031. Congestion is without dispute a… View Article
Civil asset forfeiture happens when law enforcement seizes property and money suspected of being related to a crime without any criminal conviction. Originally, it was a way for police to target drug trafficking and money laundering; today, it’s described as “policing for profit.”  The Institute for Justice’s November 2015 report, “Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture,” gave Georgia a D- for its laws, pointing out that the state has “poor protections for innocent third-party property owners.” As a Daily Signal article recounts, law enforcement agencies share the proceeds while owners of the seized property face a complicated retrieval process. “For citizens whose cash, houses, or motor vehicles are seized by police in Philadelphia, the journey to… View Article

A Success Story in Helping Lower-income Workers

By Kelly McCutchen With the media focused on partisan gridlock in Washington, it’s easy to overlook major success stories in bringing bipartisan public policy and innovative business partnerships together to help American workers. Part-time and other lower-income workers often drop out of the banking system because they find it is not worth it to pay the higher banking fees that come with carrying low balances in their accounts. But without a checking account, they can’t receive their paycheck by direct deposit. As a consequence, they face the expense of check-cashing services in order to access their paychecks, the expense of buying money orders to pay bills and the expense of payday loans when bills come due before payday. In what… View Article

Friday Facts: November 13, 2015

It’s Friday!  Have you seen our Giving Tuesday posts? Visit our Facebook page and follow as we give you 30 reasons you should not contribute to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation! Events November 19: Interested in energy policy? Register to attend the Atlantic Energy Forum sponsored by the Consumer Energy Alliance. 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Veterans Memorial Building. Registration and information here. December 8: Register to attend, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a summit and luncheon hosted featuring experts from the Reason Foundation and Allovue.10:30-1:30 p.m. at The Gallery, Cobb Galleria Centre. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of Note “Weighing benefits against costs is… View Article
SENATE FINANCE SUB-COMMITTEE ON TAX REFORM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015 Testimony of Kelly McCutchen, President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation My remarks will focus on tax policy principles, analysis of two recent state tax reforms, myths associated with tax reform and suggestions for a way forward for Georgia. Tax revenue is necessary to fund core government functions. The goal of tax policy is to raise those necessary funds while minimizing the impact on economic decision making. Surprisingly, there is broad agreement from economists across the political spectrum on what constitutes good tax policy. This can be very simply stated as: 1) broadening the tax base and lowering rates, 2) not applying the sales tax to business inputs and 3)… View Article

Friday Facts: November 6, 2015

It’s Friday!  Giving Tuesday is December 1. Follow daily on our Facebook page as we count down the reasons you should not contribute to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation!  Quotes of Note “I have the wallet rule: If you go out on Friday night with your wallet, then the following Friday with my wallet, [on] which Friday night will you have more fun? The problem with government is that it’s always someone else’s wallet, and the Friday night party never ends.” – Seton Motley  “The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1808 [S]chools do not exist to… View Article

Innovation is the True Health Care Solution

By Josh Daniels Political support for Medicaid expansion in Georgia is on life support and the prognosis may be terminal. This doesn’t mean, however, there isn’t a pathway forward for those looking for health care solutions. It’s the same pathway that has solved many of our problems: innovation. Each Medicaid expansion proposal has been a reaction to the failure of federal policy in attempting to address the “coverage gap.” But the gap is only a symptom of the underlying disease. The Affordable Care Act did little to actually make care affordable. In fact, it aggravated the very conditions that have driven health care costs up: regulation and government intervention. ObamaCare put more patients into the system with no corresponding increase… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

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