Category: The Forum

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Tax Reform Proposal

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Foundation President Kelly McCutchen in the February 26 edition in an article about a tax cut proposal in the Legislature. The article is reprinted below; read it online at http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/its-an-election-year-tax-cut-proposals-advance-in-/nqYFP/ (Subscription required.) It’s an election year — tax-cut proposals advance in Georgia By James Salzer It’s an election year, and that means lawmakers probably can’t end the 2016 session without some kind of tax cut, or at least a last-minute debate on one. And state Senate Finance Chairman Judson Hill, R-Marietta, has just the ticket for election-wary politicians. The Senate could vote as early as Monday on proposals from Hill. One, Senate Resolution 756, is a proposed constitutional amendment that would make a small reduction… View Article

Friday Facts: February 26, 2016

It’s Friday!  Honors: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation was honored with a Senate Resolution Tuesday to mark 25 years of serving Georgia with ideas for limited-government, free-market solutions and promoting “policy over politics.” Accepting the honor in the Senate chamber on behalf of the Foundation were two former presidents of the Foundation, Griff Doyle (1993-97) and T. Rogers Wade (1997-2010), who is also Board Chairman; current President Kelly McCutchen (2011-present) and Vice President Benita Dodd (2003-present). View the video here.  The Georgia State Senate passed a resolution commending the Foundation for 25 years of service to Georgia. Then and now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the average cost of a gallon View Article

Which Way Employment?

By Harold Brown                                             Harold Brown A person who wants a job and doesn’t have one knows exactly what unemployment means. Sadly, most of us who depend on the media to tell us about the nation’s unemployment don’t quite know. The “unemployment rate” supposedly tells us the proportion of people unemployed, and is often presented as the whole story.  But there is much more to it: The official “unemployment rate” is the percentage of people in the labor force who don’t have a job and are seeking one. What about changes in the size of the labor force? The labor force is not a fixed group. The focus may on the unemployment rate, but changing demographics affect the labor force as… View Article
News | For Immediate Release February 23, 2016 For more information, contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org or 404-256-4050 Senate Resolution Honors Foundation for 25 Years of Service to Georgia Atlanta – The State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia’s only state-focused free-market think tank, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. The resolution (SR 919) “recognizing and commending the Georgia Public Policy Foundation for its 25th year of continued service and work in researching and analyzing state public policy issues to educate citizens and enhance economic opportunity,” was sponsored by Sen. Hunter Hill. Accepting the honor on behalf of the Foundation were two former presidents of the Foundation, Griff… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 23, 2016

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I shared a recollection on Facebook recently that is simply amazing in its lesson that it can be a deadly mistake to accept that, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” I was visiting the Friendly Human studios down at Atlanta’s Tech Village a couple of years ago, and got into a discussion with one of the company execs. We were talking about innovation in doing things, etc. He shared his experience at a medical convention he’d gone to videotape and the story he heard from an oncologist panelist. (It’s been a while and I’m paraphrasing big-time, so bear with me.) The oncologist said he’d been treating brain… View Article

Friday Facts: February 19, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now Judge Michael P. Boggs (right) chats with attendees after his update on Georgia criminal justice reform at Wednesday’s Leadership Breakfast. My, how we’ve grown: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the Governor’s Commission on Effectiveness and Economy in Government released its second interim report. The Foundation was asking, “Is operating a water park a legitimate function of state government?” By 1996, management of Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Water Park was outsourced. Such questions remains core to our policies.  Events  March 10: Mark your calendar for, “At the Inter$ection of Education and Aging,” an 8 a.m. Foundation Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club with Dr. Matt… View Article

The Future Path of The Supreme Court

By Hans von Spakovsky Hans von Spakovsky The sudden, unexpected death of Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia is a tragedy not just for his extensive family and many friends, but for the Supreme Court, the nation and all those who believe in the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution. This was his 30th year on the Court, and in those 30 years, he helped change the course of the law with his profound legal analysis and his single-minded determination to bring the Court back to applying the Constitution as it was written and understood by the men who wrote it. Scalia had a visceral contempt for activist judges who legislate from the bench, rewriting statutes and the Constitution… View Article

The Dangers of Municipal Broadband

The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity published this roundup on February 17, 2016, of municipal broadband project initiatives around the nation. Find the article online at  http://franklincenterhq.org/12493/watchdog-government-broadband. The Internet of tax dollars: Watchdog covers the dangers of municipal broadband By As the economy continues its full-throttle transition into the digital age, government-run Internet projects have become all the rage among lawmakers in statehouses, counties, and cities. Bolstered [1] by a Federal Communications Commission ruling last year that struck down laws preventing local governments from building out and competing with other broadband networks, these “municipal broadband” projects lead governments to sink tens – if not hundreds – of millions of dollars into Internet infrastructure. Much of these… View Article
NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release February 17, 2016  Contact: Benita Dodd benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org or 404-256-4050 March 10 Event: ‘At the Inter$ection of Education and Aging’ Atlanta – Registration is open for, “At the Inter$ection of Education and Aging,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The speaker is Dr. Matt Ladner, Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Ladner will unveil his original research and analysis on the demographic challenges facing state education budgets, including Georgia’s, and strategies for substantially improving the academic quality of the state’s K-12 schools at a price taxpayers can afford. Ladner has written… View Article

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