Category: The Forum

Time is of the Essence in State Health Care Reform

By Kelly McCutchen With the failure of health care reform in Congress, Georgia faces decision time: Accept the status quo or lead a state-based effort to address the issue. The decision state leaders make — one that must be made quickly – will have long-lasting effects. On the negative side of the ledger, the gridlock in Washington leaves many challenges unaddressed. It’s not pretty. Nearly all of Georgia’s rural hospitals are struggling to stay in business. Medicaid recipients search in vain for doctors willing to take new patients.  Several hundred thousand low-income Georgians are unable to afford insurance. Hundreds of thousands of working-class Georgians are trapped on the federal exchange, facing skyrocketing premiums and shrinking options. On the positive side,… View Article

Friday Facts: September 29, 2017

It’s Friday! Events October 13: Register now for the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, October 13 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Transformation,” with a focus on transforming health care and education. The keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Huelskamp, three-term Congressman and new president of The Heartland Institute. Registration is $125 and includes breakfast and lunch. Tickets here; details here  Quotes of note “Freedom is the matrix required for the growth of moral values – indeed not merely one value among many but the source of all values. … It is only where the individual has choice, and its inherent responsibility, that he has occasion to affirm… View Article

Friday Facts: September 22, 2017

It’s Friday!  Events: Early Bird Registration ends Monday! Register today for the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum; the Foundation’s daylong event on Friday, October 13 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Transformation,” with a focus on transforming health care and education. The keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Huelskamp, three-term Congressman and new president of The Heartland Institute!  Early Bird Registration is $100 ($125 after September 25); register here. Details on sessions and speakers here  VIP opportunity:  Attend Health Connect South 2017 on September 28 at the Georgia Aquarium at no charge! In partnership with Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Health Connect South is pleased to offer 20 complimentary registrations to… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Education and health care are two of Georgia’s biggest challenges. Effective – and cost-effective – solutions have been state goals since long before the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established in 1991. Through events and publications such as the Guide to the Issues, the Foundation has offered Georgia-specific, limited-government, market-oriented policy solutions and alternatives. In 2010, the Foundation followed in the steps of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, then in the eighth year of its annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature, and the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum was born. At the first daylong conference, state and national experts shared the “best ideas for Georgia in crime, education, transportation, health care and tax and budget… View Article

Register Now for 2017 Ga. Legislative Policy Forum

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE September 18, 2017 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Early Bird Registration Open for Oct. 13 Ga. Legislative Policy Forum Daylong Event Focuses on Health Care, Education Atlanta – The 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum takes place Friday, October 13 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta GA 30339. The theme for the Forum, “Wisdom, Justice, Transformation,” is taken from Georgia’s motto, “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” Early Bird Registration is open until September 25 for the daylong event (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM), which focuses on health care and education innovation. Hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, this event is a must for Georgia policymakers and… View Article

Friday Facts: September 15, 2017

It’s Friday!  On a personal note: Thank you for continuing to use your checkbooks and your prayers for the benefit of those recovering from Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. Also, thanks to emergency responders and utility workers putting their lives on the line to restore Georgia. Finally, we’re grateful that Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk and his wife, Desiree, who were home to help with the Irma response, are safe after they were involved in a terrifying wreck in Tennessee as they returned to Washington, D.C. His chief of staff, Rob Adkerson, told us Thursday they are “resting and recovering well. They are both very thankful for many miracles during and after the accident, and they are exceedingly humbled by,… View Article

A Celebration in Education: 25 Years of Charters

By Benita M. Dodd Twenty-five years ago this month, City Academy High School opened in Saint Paul, Minn., the first charter school in the nation after Minnesota’s state law authorized the opening of eight “results-oriented, student-centered public schools.” As it celebrates its silver anniversary, City Academy can take credit for inspiring 165 charter schools with nearly 54,000 students in Minnesota today. But wait, there’s more! By the 2016-17 school year, there were more than 6,900 charter schools operating across the nation, with more than 3.1 million students, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. That’s 6 percent of the nation’s student population. Georgia’s 1994 charter law allowed traditional public schools to convert to charter schools and the first View Article
Foundation President Kelly McCutchen was one of several state experts asked by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to discuss the future of health care. His comments as reported in the newspaper on Sunday, September 2, 2017, are published below; subscribers can watch all the interviews online here and read them here. Georgia health care has many voices, one message: Time to act By Ariel Hart and Tamar Hallerman The Atlanta Journal-Constitution invited leaders in Georgia health care to talk about federal, state and personal actions that can help Georgians. These statements are condensed from those interviews. See video from the interviews at Politically Georgia on MyAJC.com. Kelly McCutchen, president and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Most of Georgia has a situation… View Article

Commonsense Recommendations for SPLOST Reform in Georgia

By Ron Sifen and Benita M. Dodd Georgia’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is an optional 1 percent county sales tax used to fund local capital projects for a county and participating municipalities. Thirty-two years after lawmakers passed the SPLOST law, lessons learned prove the SPLOST is sorely in need of some updates. Implemented in just 12 counties in the first year it was established (1985) and 15 more the next year, today the tax is imposed in all counties except DeKalb, Fulton and Muscogee, according to the state Department of Revenue. (DeKalb and Fulton have a MARTA tax; all three have an education SPLOST). The tax, which can last up to six years, is routinely renewed;… View Article

Friday Facts: September 8, 2017

It’s Friday! On a personal note Hurricane Irma’s path remains uncertain, but residents in Florida, Georgia and the Southeast coast are evacuating or bracing for its impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in its path. We were in San Antonio, Texas, last week for the State Policy Network’s 25th annual conference. That city was spared any effects from Hurricane Harvey but, as you know from media reports, many lives, homes and possessions were lost closer to the Gulf Coast. Georgians generously stepped in to donate and volunteer. Now Georgians’ lives, too, are at risk. As you may already know, Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95 and other parts of… View Article

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