Category: The Forum

By Morgan Worthy Davis Guggenheim begins his movie with an admission of his own guilt. The liberal filmmaker best known for his collaboration with Al Gore on “An Inconvenient Truth” notes that he drives by three crumbling public schools on the way to drop his kids off at private school. The families depicted in his 2010 documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” and many like them, cannot afford a private alternative to their failing neighborhood schools. The unlikely advocate for free market-based education reform goes on to make the case for the many policies traditionally part of conservatives’ education reform initiatives: school choice, high achievement expectations, increased teacher accountability, weaker teachers’ unions and merit pay, to name a few. While these policy… View Article

Friday Facts: July 19, 2019

It’s Friday! Events August 27: “Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction” is the Foundation’s August noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club. The speaker is Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. $35. Register here. September 26: “The Student-Loan Debt Dilemma” is a Higher Ed Happy Hour discussion on student loans and debt at No Mas! Cantina in Atlanta, with keynote speaker Jenna Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. $10. Register here. November 15:  The agenda goes live next week, and Early Bird registration is open now for the 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, November 15, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly.… View Article

Friday Facts: July 12, 2019

It’s Friday!  Events August 27: “Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction,” is the Foundation’s August noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club. The speaker is Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. $35. Register here. September 26: Mark your calendar for “Higher Ed Happy Hour,” a discussion on student loans and debt at No Mas Cantina in Atlanta, with keynote speaker Jenna Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. Details to follow. November 15:  Early Bird registration is open for the 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, November 15, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Mobility,” a play on Georgia’s motto: “Wisdom,… View Article

The Broken Record of ‘Record’ Highs

By Harold Brown The dog days of summer are upon us and, with them, the stoked-up fears of global warming and the extremes that predicted: higher temperatures, more tropical storms, more hotter days, more heatstroke, more air pollution, and so on. More often than not, however, the trend in extremes is the opposite of the narrative. This is especially true for high temperatures. Extreme temperatures are recorded and expressed in a number of ways, including yearly, monthly and daily highs, as well as all-time records. The number of days exceeding such limits as 90, 95 or 100 degrees are also counted and considered a measure of warming. Extreme temperatures are reported for individual monitoring stations, regions, states and the nation.… View Article

Friday Facts: June 28, 2019

It’s Friday!  Events November 15:  Early Bird registration is open for the 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, November 15, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Mobility,” a play on Georgia’s motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” Click here to register. Click here to view video coverage of previous events.  Quotes of note “Health care is one of the most expensive items we buy each year, and yet most Americans haven’t a clue what all of this costs. For everything else we buy as Americans, we are bargain hunters – for cars, homes and restaurants but not for health and medical services, which are about one-seventh of our entire economy.” – Stephen View Article
By Kyle Wingfield Almost two years have passed since Republican efforts to reform the U.S. health insurance market were pronounced dead. Perhaps they were merely on life support. In July 2017, Sen. John McCain surprised many observers by voting against the GOP’s “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. His rejection left the bill with just 49 votes, the closest Republicans have come to repealing the law they had by then spent almost eight years deriding as “Obamacare.” There was one more short-lived effort to repeal and replace the law, but since then Republicans have lost their majority in the U.S. House – and their nerve. “Shell-shocked” is how D.C. denizens still describe congressional Republicans who spent years promising to… View Article

Laws Taking Effect July 1, 2019

Summary of laws taking effect July 1, 2019 By Morgan Worthy and Jared Cooper Economic Development H.B. 242 (Effective May 6, 2019) Expands the powers of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy to regulate the educational programs and practice of massage therapy. H.B. 315 Requires consultants entering into contracts with local governments to disclose any conflict of interest. H.B. 373 (Effective May 6, 2019) Authorizes the Commissioner of Labor to obtain fingerprint-based criminal background checks of employees or applicants with direct access to federal returns and allows the GBI and FBI to retain records of fingerprints and applicants’ backgrounds. ) H.B. 493 Requires local governments to post the fees and requirements for development/ building permits. Stipulates that the applicant can… View Article

Friday Facts: June 21, 2019

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note  “Men between the ages of 25 and 54 make up over 70 percent of the federal prison population, meaning those people are taken out of the workforce in their prime earning years right off the bat. This effect does not end at release. … A record of a felony conviction reduces the likelihood of an employer calling the applicant back by about 50 percent.” – Wharton Public Policy Initiative “The real problem with industrial policy, economic development strategy, central planning or whatever you want to call these interventions is that government officials are inescapably plagued by ignorance of localized knowledge. Government officials cannot outperform the wisdom of the market at picking winners.” – Veronique de View Article

Healthcare Works When the Price is Right

By John C. Goodman Of all the things we might do to improve our healthcare system, the one reform that is more important than any other is almost never discussed: If we want the system to work well, we must make it profitable to take care of sick people. Profitable to whom? Profitable to everyone whose services are needed. To doctors. To hospitals. And most important of all, to the “third party payers”: insurance companies, employers and government agencies – the entities that initially control all the money. The idea is not new. Almost 250 years ago, Adam Smith observed that the reason the free market works so well is that each of us has a financial self-interest in meeting… View Article
By Dave Emanuel The highest-paid elected official in Georgia’s most populous county is Fulton Tax Commissioner, Arthur Ferdinand. According to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ferdinand earned approximately $390,000 in 2016, “a total that included $210,281 in $1 fees for collecting taxes in Johns Creek, Sandy Springs and Atlanta.” Ferdinand’s gig has the stamp of approval from the Fulton County Commission, which has repeatedly authorized him to personally collect a $1 fee for each city land parcel for which he collects property taxes. The arrangement is bizarre, but what is even more ludicrous is that Ferdinand uses county resources to collect those property taxes. When given authority to collect taxes for the recently incorporated city of South Fulton, his… View Article

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