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Friday Facts: January 13, 2017

It’s Friday! Events  January 26: The National School Choice Week Leadership Breakfast is keynoted by education expert Dr. Ben Scafidi, who will unveil his study on the real numbers of Georgia’s public school spending and staffing. The topic is, “National School Week: Where’s The Money?” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration hereFebruary 22: Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Institute for Justice for a Leadership Breakfast and Book Forum with Dick Carpenter, co-author of, “Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration here. Quotes of noteTo be upset by academic standards is to invest… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia’s 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities in both chambers since 2004, it’s time for legislators to welcome policy reforms that can improve income, opportunity and well-being. In 2014, the Legislature capped the personal income tax rate at 6 percent. That’s a start. But legislators ignored a provision in the 2015 Transportation Funding Act (HB 170) to create a “Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure” that would “during the 2016 legislative session cause to be introduced in the House of Representatives one or more bills or resolutions relating to tax reform.” Reforming Georgia’s individual income tax rate was… View Article
NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org State Think Tanks Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Free Speech Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has joined a coalition of 24 state-based think tanks around the nation to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the names of donors to nonprofit organizations.   The coalition supports an amicus brief filed Tuesday by the Buckeye Institute of Ohio in the case of Independence Institute v. Federal Elections Commission. The coalition believes it is unconstitutional for the federal government to compel the Independence Institute of Colorado to provide its donor list and is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a district court decision supporting… View Article
Just two weeks before another record-breaking National School Choice Week takes place (January 22-28), Ty Tagami reported on January 10, 2017, on a new poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  that found 61 percent of Georgia voters support education choices for Georgia families. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, since its launch in 1991, has supported education choice for Georgia students; the Foundation championed public charter schools before they were established in Georgia and now champions Tagami’s article is published below and can be accessed online on the newspaper’s website here.  AJC poll finds support for school choice, vouchers By Ty Tagami Georgia voters appear ready to embrace more charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools, even if it… View Article
Ahead of the legislative session, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Benita Dodd, vice president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, in its Sunday edition of January 8, 2017. The op-ed is reprinted in full below; find it online hereLawmakers should focus on gov’t. reforms that boost state’s well-being OPINION By Benita M. Dodd Opportunity is knocking as the door opens on Georgia’s 2017-18 legislative session. In a state with a Republican governor since 2002 and GOP majorities in both chambers since 2004, it’s time for legislators to welcome policy reforms that can improve income, opportunity and well-being. In 2014, the Legislature capped the personal income tax rate at 6 percent. That’s a start. But legislators ignored… View Article

Friday Facts: January 6, 2017

It’s Friday! Events January 26: Typically the Foundation’s first event of the year, the National School Choice Week Leadership Breakfast is keynoted by education expert Dr. Ben Scafidi. The topic is, “National School Week: Where’s The Money?” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration here. February 22: Mark your calendar! Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Institute for Justice for a Leadership Breakfast and Book Forum with Dick Carpenter, co-author of, “Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Details to follow. Quotes of note “Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.” – Calvin Coolidge “The… View Article
By Katherine Restrepo Anybody who is in the business of selling the idea of direct primary care (DPC) to patients, employers, or politicians can anticipate the usual pushback that will arise in any Q and A format. “Why would I want to pay twice for health care?” “Are these doctors just cherry-picking patients?” “Is this health care delivery model just for the wealthy?” It’s nice that physicians are able to spend more time with their patients, but won’t a smaller patient panel exacerbate the physician shortage problem?” “If DPC is so great, why isn’t there more data to prove it?” It couldn’t be more predictable. Really. For those who need a quick explanation of direct primary care, it works like… View Article

Friday Facts: December 30, 2016

It’s Friday! It’s been a great 2016 and a game-changing 25 years for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Thank you for your moral and financial support, your input and your friendship. We wish you a 2017 filled with health, prosperity and happiness … and limited government!  Events  January 26, 2017: Typically the Foundation’s first event of the year, the National School Choice Week Leadership Breakfast is keynoted by education expert Dr. Ben Scafidi. The topic is, “National School Week: Where’s The Money?” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration hereFebruary 22, 2017: Mark your calendar! Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Institute for Justice for a Leadership Breakfast and Book Forum with… View Article

New Year, Same Old Streetcar Named Disaster

By Benita M. Dodd Atlanta’s Streetcar System, three years later, still is nothing to brag about. Today the city of Atlanta begins Year 3 of operating its much-ballyhooed Atlanta Streetcar System, and so far, all that can be discerned is a lot of bally hooey. This month, the Atlanta City Council approved the final payment to URS for the design-build of the 2.7-mile Atlanta Streetcar project, making the total payment $61,630,655. That was, according to Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza, “$6 million less than URS originally submitted.” Not exactly. The 2014 URS contract authorized by MARTA (the transit authority designated to receive the $47.6 million federal grant for the Streetcar), was $59 million; the original URS contract, based on… View Article

The Top Ten in 2016!

What were the commentaries that most intrigued the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s readers in 2016? We looked back and tracked the top 10 trending items through the year. Here’s the countdown: No. 7: Rome’s Free Clinic: Community Taking Charge. Dr. Leonard Reeves, president of the Faith and Deeds Community Health free clinic in Rome, oversees medical student volunteers from the Northwest Campus of the Georgia Medical College. 10. Applying the Lessons of Criminal Justice Reform to Health Care. Read it here. 9. Welfare-to-Work Helps Georgians Up and Out of Dependency. Read it here.  8. Beyond Medicaid: Health Care for Low-Income Georgians. Read it here. 7. Rome’s Free Clinic: Community Taking Charge. Read it here.  6. Transit’s… View Article

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