Legislative Policy Forum


2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

‘Wisdom, Justice, Responsibility’

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018

Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center

2450 Galleria Parkway; Atlanta, GA  30339

Time: 7:30-8 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Program

Lunch included

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(The entire event is open to the public, but registration is required.)


7:30-8:00  Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome and Overview, Kyle Wingfield

8:10-8:50 Breakfast Keynote

Criminal Justice Reform for a Secure Future
Judge Steven Teske, Chief Judge, Juvenile Court, Clayton Judicial Circuit

9:00-10:35 Session One:  A Responsible Path Forward for Health Care

Change is coming slowly at the federal level even as health care costs and premiums continue to rise in the states. Georgia is not among the states that expanded the category of population covered by Medicaid, whose rising costs are unsustainable. Total Medicaid spending in FY 2016 was $574.2 billion; in FY 2017 it was $596 billion “and continues to grow.” Still, doing nothing is not an option. There are steps Georgia can and should take at the state level to help provide quality, affordable care for more Georgians.

Panel 1: Certificate of Need Reform

Panel 2: Federal opportunities at the state level

  • Moderator: Kelly McCutchen, HINRI
  • John Haupert, President & CEO, Grady Health System
  • Dr. Tom Price, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

10:40 – 11:50 Session Two: Pension Reform in Georgia

In 2017, Georgia’s budget included $223 million for the Teachers Retirement System to improve its financial security. This year, Governor Nathan Deal’s FY 2019 budget included another $361.7 million. Why is this happening? How much longer will Georgia taxpayers have to pump money into the TRS?  What assurances do Georgia teachers entering the profession have that their benefits will be there when they retire?

  • Moderator:  Leonard Gilroy, Reason Foundation
  • Part 1: Overview, Leonard Gilroy
  • Part 2: States’ Experiences
    Panelists: Rep. Chuck Martin, Chairman, Georgia House Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee
    (Additional panelists announced soon!)

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch

12:20-1:10 Lunch Keynote

Pensions: Keeping Promises and Protecting the Public
Chuck Reed, former mayor of San Jose, Calif., Board of Directors, Retirement Security Initiative

The Wall Street Journal called Reed “A Liberal Mugged by Pension Reality.” During his two-term tenure as mayor of San Jose (2007-2014), Reed introduced and passed more than 80 fiscal and open government reforms, including a comprehensive pension reform bill that was approved by the voters in 2012. Known alternatively to voters as “Captain America,” “Mr. Integrity,” and “the Green Mayor,” Reed’s work on pension reform in America’s 10th-largest city has paved the way for many other cities to tackle their own fiscal retirement planning.

1:30-3:00 Session Three: Education – Business Takes the Lead

Education choice is a slow creep in Georgia, as innovators often must drag establishment ‘educrats’ forward into the future. Understanding that the vast majority of Georgia’s students will continue in public schools, and that a college degree is not for every young Georgian, policymakers and businesses are helping students succeed by tailoring their talents within traditional environments.

Panel 1: Junior Achievement’s ‘School Within a School’
Patrick Jones of Vocatio leads a discussion on 3DE, formerly known as the Junior Achievement Academy

Panel 2: Apprenticeships/Career Academies
Mark Peevy, executive director for Secondary Education Initiatives, Technical College System of Georgia
(Additional panelists announced soon!)

Registration: $100 (Early Bird registration is $75 until August 12)

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Sponsorship: Contact Benita Dodd (404-256-4050/benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org) for sponsorship opportunities.
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The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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