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The Unintended Consequences of Trade Protectionism

By Jeffrey Dorfman Jeffrey Dorfman The International Trade Commission has ruled that imported solar panels from China and other countries were injuring U.S. manufacturers, which will provide President Trump with the opportunity to impose tariffs in order to protect American solar panel producers from this “unfair” foreign competition. However, to protect the jobs of Americans who manufacture solar panels, the President would have to endanger the jobs of a larger groups of Americans: those who install the solar panels at our homes and businesses. Thus, solar panels are a perfect illustration of the dilemma inherent in opposing free trade. Justin Worland reports in Time magazine that solar panel manufacturers employ about 8,000 Americans while another 240,000 U.S. jobs are related… View Article

Burying Power Lines: A Shocking Cost

The Marietta Daily Journal of September 27, 2017 published a letter to the editor in the midst of recovery from recent hurricanes that downed power lines and prompted calls for utilities to bury the lines. The letter writer raised some salient points about the inconvenience and financial and environmental cost of burying the lines. The letter can be accessed on the newspaper’s website here and is reprinted in its entirety below.   Burying power lines would unearth problems  Dear Editor: Each time a major weather catastrophe occurs, along with the clamor about “climate change” being the causative factor, there is additional, ubiquitous uproar regarding the replacement of above-ground power lines with underground utility delivery. A few years ago, I responded to… View Article

Time is of the Essence in State Health Care Reform

State-focused health care reform is a major component of the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on October 13. Register today here 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.… 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 John Goodman, “the Father of Health Care Savings Accounts,” discussed health care reforms with Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen at the 2015 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. This year’s Forum focuses on state options amid Congressional deadlock. 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… 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!  Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd met Dr. Tim Huelskamp, the new president of the Heartland Institute, at the 2017 State Policy Network annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. The former Congressman is the keynote speaker at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on October 13. (See Events for registration information) 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… View Article

A Celebration in Education: 25 Years of Charters

By Benita M. Dodd The Georgia Public Policy Foundation helped establish Tech High, a STEM charter high school in Atlanta Public Schools. The school was successful academically but succumbed to the bureaucratic burdens of the school district. 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,… 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

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