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
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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
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
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?
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch
12:20-1:10 Lunch Keynote
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’
Panel 2: Apprenticeships/Career Academies
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