Category: Regulation

Some Organic Food for Thought

By Harold Brown Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Despite the claims that organic food is safer and more nutritious, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply won’t say so. And it’s not alone. On its National Organic Program Web site, the agency remarks, “USDA makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food.” Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act in 1990, requiring the USDA to develop national standards for organic products. Yet, 23 years later, the USDA still will not validate the organic ads. Then there’s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Asked on its Web site, “Are foods made with ‘organic’ ingredients safer than those made with… View Article
(Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd addressed an Environmental Protection Agency listening session on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants on October 23 in Atlanta.  This is the transcript of her remarks.) BENITA DODDVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Thank you for the opportunity to speak at this listening session. My name is Benita Dodd and I am Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  The Foundation is an independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. The Foundation believes that tougher standards on carbon dioxide emissions being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and under discussion at the EPA’s 11 listening sessions around the country will have unfortunate consequences… View Article

Proposed CO2 Standards: Expensive Hot Air

By Benita M. Dodd (This commentary is the basis for testimony by Benita Dodd on behalf of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at the EPA Listening Session on 111(d) Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants in Atlanta on October 23 and was submitted in full to the EPA.) BENITA DODDVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation The Foundation believes that tougher standards on carbon dioxide emissions being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and under discussion at the EPA’s 11 listening sessions around the nation will have unfortunate consequences for the United States. This nation holds the world’s largest estimated recoverable reserves of coal; in fact, the United States is a net exporter of coal. In 2012, 81 percent of… View Article
  Benita Dodd,Vice President, Georgia PublicPolicy Foundation By Benita M. Dodd This Foundation’s weekly commentaries usually focus on Georgia-specific issues, but May has been a month for wake-up calls from Washington to all liberty-minded Americans. Government employees testified they were punished for speaking out about the U.S. Embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya. The Internal Revenue Service admitted unfairly targeting conservative groups. The FBI is investigating the Justice Department’s unorthodox seizure of Associated Press phone records. Latest out of the gate, and perhaps the least surprising of all, is that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been giving preferential treatment to liberal and green organizations. Research by the Washington-based Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals the EPA happily waived fees… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen  Every day, Georgia consumers and businesses propel the state forward, increasingly with a cell phone in their hands.   Wireless is now an indispensible service for commerce. More small business owners are using wirelessly connected tablets and smartphones to handle credit card purchases. Huge volumes of goods are shipped and handled from the Port of Savannah and over roads with the aid of wirelessly connected handhelds and specially designed tracking tags. Patients are able to monitor their health and interact with doctors all using wireless devices and services.  Wireless is a jobs driver in our state. While Georgia’s job picture has been getting better, unemployment remains too high for any of us. Jobs in the wireless industry have… View Article
By Russ Lipari  Marshall Memorial Fellows are a select group of emerging U.S. leaders in an annual, 24-day program to expose them to a changing and expanding Europe. This year, Russ Lipari was one of three Georgia participants among 50 selected from across the nation and traveled across Europe studying health care systems. We passed through security in an eight-story building in downtown Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. On the sixth floor, it took two wrong turns before we found the door marked 14 where we were to meet with the head of the country’s largest insurance company, VZP.  We exchanged pleasantries and I had my at bat, a rapid fire of questions in hopes of gaining a better… View Article
(The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute released this Issue Analysis that discusses the impact of federal banking laws in Georgia.) By John Berlau   John Berlau, Senior Fellow for Finance, Competitive Enterprise Institute Few states have been hit as hard by the financial crisis as Georgia.  With her economic engine humming and unemployment hovering around 5 percent for several years until 2008, Georgia suddenly saw thousands of mortgages our and dozens of banks fail in a slide that continues to this day. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has closed at least 80 banks in Georgia since 2008, more bank failures than in any other state in the union.  Even the largest banks in the Peach State… View Article
Few states have been hit as hard by the financial crisis as Georgia. With her economic engine humming along and unemployment hovering around 5 percent for several years until 2008, Georgia suddenly saw thousands of mortgages sour and dozens of banks fail in a slide that continues to this day. This study examines the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Georgia’s banking industry and overall economy. View the study.… View Article
Georgia has many examples of failures where municipal governments tried to compete with the private sector to provide Internet access, telephone service, cable television and other services. Taxpayers were left holding the bag. As Bartlett Cleland of the the Institute for Policy Innovation reports below, Phildelphia is the latest example of government mission creep. The article also explains how North Carolina has wisely put in place some protections against this behavior. Philadelphia taxpayers left stranded, again, with a failed municipal wi-fi network might wish Philly was in the Tar Heel State. In spring, the North Carolina legislature debated the value of municipalities building their own wi-fi networks and decided against it.  The legislation passed and was made law by the… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

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