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By Kelly McCutchen As the August recess fast approaches, procedural rules require health care to be addressed before Congress can move on to other important issues like taxes and infrastructure. Below are five ideas that would move health care reform in the right direction and hopefully create the momentum needed to get to a resolution. Fund uncompensated care. Federal law requires hospital emergency departments to treat anyone regardless of their ability to pay, but federal funding covers only a small portion of the cost. In Georgia, for example, uncompensated care for people too poor to pay their bills amounts to over $1 billion a year. If hospitals can’t shift the cost to state and local taxpayers or private insurance,… View Article

Friday Facts: June 16, 2017

It’s Friday! Remembering the Heroes Many lives were likely saved by the actions of Crystal Griner and David Bailey, the Capitol Hill police officers who were on duty when Rep. Steve Scalise and others were shot on a baseball field this week in Virginia. Here in Georgia, Georgia Department of Corrections officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue were killed by inmates in a prison escape. As we keep these individuals and families in our thoughts and prayers, let’s also remember the many other public servants who stand ready every day to step into danger to keep us safe. When Hank McCamish founded the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 1991, he encouraged us to focus on ideas and not to… View Article

Friday Facts: June 9, 2017

It’s Friday!  Events  June 15-17: FEEcon, a three-day gathering aimed at the nation’s young freedom lovers (students and young professionals) takes place at the Omni Hotel Downtown Atlanta. It offers 10 distinct tracks, 70-plus sessions and speakers including Lawrence Reed, Glenn Jacobs (former WWE wrestler), and Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia). Full details on the schedule can be found at http://www.feecon.org/.  Quotes of note  “The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.” – Vaclav Havel “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.”… View Article

Get Real About the Federal Education Budget

By Larry Sand Did you know that the Trump/DeVos budget is manifestly cruel to children and catastrophic to public schools? Are you aware that Trump/Devos are planning to slash funding for public schools and use voucher schemes to funnel taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private schools? I didn’t “know” these things until the two national teachers union leaders told me. Climbing out of the union rabbit hole and venturing back to the real world, one regains perspective. And the reality is that the Trump/Devos budget cuts – which, of course, will have to run through the Congressional obstacle course before becoming law – don’t warrant the union leaders’ outlandish hyperbole. Not one iota. In a nutshell, the budget does away with… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 7, 2017 Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050  Foundation Joins National Coalition Urging Trump Administration To Champion Constitutionally Focused Education Choice Agenda Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has joined a dozen state and national organizations that champion education choice in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today to praise her outspoken commitment to parental choice in education.  The letter outlines the importance of state-led efforts on education choice, emphasizing the need to remain true to the tenets of federalism – in particular, by moving education decision-making out of Washington to states, local school districts and, ultimately, parents.   The letter also… View Article
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a co-signer on a letter from a coalition of organizations, led by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, that was sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on June 7, 2017. The text is below. The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington D.C. 20202  Dear Secretary DeVos: As organizations committed to the promotion and enactment of school choice, we were encouraged by your recent speech in Indianapolis where you laid out a vision for empowering parents to choose the best educational setting for their children. School choice has transformed lives across the nation in places where it has been implemented. The innovative programs that are in place in states… View Article

Friday Facts: June 2, 2017

It’s Friday! Events There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is a free doughnut today! Today’s National Donut Day, the food holiday featuring free doughnuts at shops all over the country on the first Friday of every June. The celebration was founded during the Great Depression as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, which among other things provided donuts and coffee to American soldiers during World War I. Source: Money June 15-17: FEEcon, a three-day gathering aimed at the nation’s young freedom lovers (students and young professionals) takes place at the Omni Hotel Downtown Atlanta. It offers 10 distinct tracks, 70-plus sessions and speakers including Lawrence Reed, Glenn Jacobs (former WWE wrestler), and Jimmy… View Article

An Unhealthy Obsession with Climate Change

By Harold Brown Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation On June 1 came the encouraging news that President Trump has decided the United States will exit the U.N. Paris climate agreement. The agreement imposes huge burdens while producing little or no impact on the global climate. From the outrage shared by the media, one would think Trump has doomed the world to certain destruction. Signs are clear the noise will continue, in one form or another: In March, just two months after Trump took office, a “Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health” was launched to advise (alarm) the American public about global warming. The consortium published, “Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health.” In… View Article

Friday Facts: May 26, 2016

It’s Friday! Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd (third from left) visited with the Republican Women of Gilmer County last week; she was invited to speak to the group by Foundation supporter Margaret Williamson of Ellijay (far right). Quotes of Note “Health-care reform is a test of whether Republicans, having been handed the gift of ObamaCare’s failure, can show voters that they can do better with conservative principles. The health-care market is at a crossroads. Either it heads in a more market-based direction step by step, or it moves toward single-payer step by step. If Republicans blow this chance and default to Democrats, they might as well endorse single-payer because that is where the politics will end up.” – Wall View Article

Second Chances for Ex-Offenders

By John G. Malcolm and John-Michael Seibler  A simple adjustment in federal law would provide much greater opportunities for young individuals who made some bad life choices but atoned to reintegrate into society successfully and to become productive, law-abiding citizens capable of supporting themselves, their families and their communities. Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Hakeem Jeffries, (D-NY), introduced a bill Wednesday, the Renew Act of 2017 (H.R. 2617), with one goal in mind: Increase the age of eligibility for first-time offenders who were charged with simple misdemeanor drug possession to have their record – including any record of their arrest, charge, or disposition – erased, a process known as “expungement.” Under current federal law (18 U.S.C. § 3607),… 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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