Category: Foundation in the News

Marietta Daily Journal Quotes Foundation Over Pay Raises

The Marietta Daily Journal’s “Around Town” column of Tuesday, February 14, 2017 quoted Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd in response to the Cobb County Commission’s plan to implement across-the-board increases based on a consultant’s recommendation. The item is published below and can be accessed online hereCAN’T BUY ME LOVE AROUND TOWN: Commissioners to weigh $8.3 million pay increase for county employees THIS MORNING, after presumably kissing their spouses, county commissioners will decide whether to give county employees an $8.3 million valentine. But before they make that decision, there are a few things commissioners may want to consider. Under former County Chairman Tim Lee, Cobb County paid the Archer Group a premium of $326,420 to conduct a study of… View Article
Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield’s column in the Sunday edition on February 5, 2017 focuses on the Foundation’s new study by Ben Scafidi, “Balancing the Books in Public Education,” which points out that the Georgia Department of Education website underreports public education spending. Wingfield’s column can be accessed online here (subscription required); it is reprinted below in its entirety. Why school spending has soared, but teachers’ salaries haven’t By Kyle Wingfield The fault line dividing public opinion about school choice and other education reforms is spending. Proponents say we spend plenty today, with mediocre results. Opponents say the results would improve if we spent more. The latter argument largely boils down to paying teachers better, hiring more of… View Article

Expand Retirement Options, Shrink Teacher Doldrums

This commentary appeared in the February 1, 2017, edition of The Marietta Daily Journal. By Benita M. Dodd PAGE, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, has surveyed its members and the findings, reported in its January/February 2017 newsletter (PAGE One), are depressing. The survey found that nearly half of teachers (45 percent) say they are unlikely to remain in education for the next 10 years. Sadly, a majority – 53 percent – also said they would not recommend a career in education. The report notes, “With the current teacher shortage and continuing teacher pipeline issues, these statistics are of great concern to PAGE.” The survey also found that 59 percent of the respondents oppose converting the Teacher Retirement System from… View Article
Marietta Daily Journal reporter Mary Kate McGowan covered the Foundation's Leadership Breakfast on January 26, 2017, which celebrated National School Choice Week and highlighted public education funding in Georgia. Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi, a professor of economics at Kennesaw State University, unveiled his study that revealed the Georgia Department of Education underreports education funding on its website. Published in full below is The Marietta Daily Journal article and Dr. Scafidi's letter to the editor in response to comments in the article. State education department reporting called into question By Mary Kate McGowan CUMBERLAND — As school choice proponent Betsy DeVos awaits her confirmation as the next education secretary, the argument for school choice is heating up at the local level.… View Article

AJC Publishes Foundation Op-Ed on 2017-18 Ga. Session

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
The Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (October 30, 2016) contained an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on the November 8 transportation sales tax votes in Atlanta, “Atlanta shouldn’t railroad themselves into old solutions.” The op-ed can be accessed online here and is reprinted in its entirety below. Atlanta shouldn’t railroad themselves into old solutions By Benita Dodd If there’s a bright side to November’s two transportation SPLOST votes in the city of Atlanta, it’s that they are confined to the city. The rest of Fulton County, having separated its transportation vote from the city, is largely embracing the future instead of romancing the past. Few understand the enormity of the MARTA transit tax hike for Atlanta. It… View Article
Dave Williams of The Atlanta Business Chronicle quotes Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd extensively in an article in the October 14-20, 2016, edition about the express toll lanes under construction on Atlanta’s north and south side. The article is published in full below and can be found online here (subscription required). State teeing up toll lane network for metro Atlanta By Dave Williams Highway technology that Georgia transportation planners are counting on to help ease metro Atlanta’s chronic traffic jams will roll out along a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 75 starting in January. For up to 90 cents a mile, harried motorists heading to work, an important business meeting or to see their kid’s ballgame will be able to move… View Article
The Marietta Daily Journal’s editorial in the Sunday edition of September 25, 2016 quoted Georgia Public Policy Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on the cost of consultants in Cobb County. (Dodd is a resident of Cobb County and the Foundation’s offices, too, are in Cobb.) The editorial is reprinted below in its entirety and can be accessed online at http://www.mdjonline.com/opinion/a-parks-consultant-can-t-we-ever-make-up-our/article_916afd20-81ef-11e6-b880-b3e0f19b51d0.html A parks consultant? Can’t we ever make up our own minds? Like a farmer hollering “Sooie!” as he empties the slop bucket into the trough, Cobb County showers consultants with expensive contracts every month. Take last week, when commissioners agreed to pay $224,000 to Lose & Associates Inc. to develop a “comprehensive master plan” for Cobb’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural… View Article
The July 3, 2016 edition of The Marietta Daily Journal published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd, “Price Controls, a Poor Prescription for Georgia.” The article is below in its entirety; access it online here.  Price Controls, a Poor Prescription for Georgia By Benita Dodd It’s been 15 months since the end of a war — and one country has decided to keep its war-time price controls on meat intact. The result? Social and economic chaos. Hundreds of meat shelves empty, thousands of jobs lost and dozens of businesses gone under. Sound like fiction? Unfortunately, as Georgians from the Greatest Generation may recall, this exact situation plagued the United States in the months following the end of World… View Article

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Georgia Spending

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Thursday, June 30, 2016 quoted Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen extensively in a front-page article on Georgia’s state budget and spending. The article is reprinted in full below; access it online at the newspaper’s website here. Georgia’s record budget still lags population growth, inflation By James Salzer and Isaac Sabetai A record state budget of $23.7 billion goes into effect Friday, bringing pay raises for thousands of teachers and an expansive road and bridge construction program. On the surface, it is seen as yet another sign that a state that once struggled to keep schools open 180 days a year has left the Great Recession in its rear-view mirror. But an Atlanta Journal-Constitution… View Article

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