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Benita Dodd wrote a commentary for ZPolitics that was published on March 23, 2016, the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. The article is published in its entirety below; read it online at http://zpolitics.com/six-reasons/. ObamaCare Turns 6 Today. Here are six reasons it why it needs to go.     By Benita Dodd Today (March 23) marks the sixth anniversary of passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that was implemented in 2014. In Georgia, there’s no end in sight to ObamaCare opposition. It’s fortunate. Georgia is among 27 states that left ObamaCare to the federally managed health care exchange, www.healthcare.gov.  About half the state-managed exchanges are struggling financially. Georgia is also among 20 states that chose not to View Article

2016 Legislative Session: Bills We Are Following

(Updated March 23 at 9:36 am)   Criminal Justice SB 367 – A broad criminal justice reform package including youth diversion programs, community supervision and increased eligibility for parole for certain drug offenders. (Passed Senate 53-0, Passed House 166-1http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/SB/367 HB  832 – Would require criminal proceedings to be completed prior to civil asset forfeiture. (No actionhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/832 Education SB 92 – Would create a universal Education Savings Accounts. Five states have authorized ESAs. (No actionhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/SB/92 HB 848 – Blue Star Family Scholarship Program would provide scholarships for children of military service members to attend a private  school. (No actionhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/848 HB 865 – Would create a tuition tax credit scholarship… View Article

CPA, Readers Hail Georgia Tax Reform Plan

The Senate voted along party lines March 16 on tax reform for Georgia. The Foundation has received numerous compliments after Kelly McCutchen’s March 18 commentary about the state tax reform legislation that passed the Senate March 16. One comment came from CPA Jeff Kellar: With Florida and Tennessee not having an individual income tax, and Alabama’s rate of 5 percent, Georgia should continue to move in a more competitive direction.  One additional measure the state could employ to assist and encourage small business, would be to eliminate the Net Worth Tax on small business corporations. (Tennessee imposes a “Hall” tax on certain interest and dividend income). Georgia’s legislation, HB 238, would in fact eliminate the Net Worth Tax.   Kellar,  … View Article
As Georgia legislators consider tax reform legislation, consider what happened in Kansas.  Writing in Investor’s Business Daily on February 1, 2016, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore note, in particular, “sales tax revenues appear to be the prime culprit of revenue shortfall—hardly something caused by an income tax cut.” The article is printed below; access it online here (subscription required): http://www.investors.com/politics/brain-trust/laffer-and-moore-sweet-supply-side-revenge-for-tax-cutters-in-kansas/. By Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore Few states have swirled in more controversy over its tax and budget policies of late as much as Kansas. Liberals have denounced the state’s tax cutting and free market reforms as a debacle that all states should avoid repeating. But we’ve been involved with the Kansas fiscal reforms from the start and… View Article
In an excellent op-ed, Eric Tanenblatt writes in the March 4-10 edition of The Atlanta Business Chronicle on how government and elected officials stifle and resist innovation “by protecting a legacy structure.” The former chief of staff to Gov. Sonny Perdue who served in the administrations of both Presidents Bush cites as examples the initial reaction to Amazon and responses to Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Tesla and personal lender LendingClub.  (Georgia also saw this in the uphill battle faced by craft breweries and distilleries trying to sell their wares.) “Government’s inclination to snuff out innovation when it threatens incumbents is a cancer on our body politic that must be excised,” Tanenblatt writes. “The new sharing economy, an expansive market built on… View Article
News | For Immediate Release February 23, 2016 For more information, contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org or 404-256-4050 Senate Resolution Honors Foundation for 25 Years of Service to Georgia Atlanta – The State Senate passed a resolution today honoring the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia’s only state-focused free-market think tank, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. The resolution (SR 919) “recognizing and commending the Georgia Public Policy Foundation for its 25th year of continued service and work in researching and analyzing state public policy issues to educate citizens and enhance economic opportunity,” was sponsored by Sen. Hunter Hill. Accepting the honor on behalf of the Foundation were two former presidents of the Foundation, Griff… View Article
EVENT INVITATION January 26, 2016 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Criminal Justice Reform Leader Judge Michael P. Boggs Keynotes Feb. 17 Event Atlanta – Criminal justice in Georgia is transforming from an “Ugly Duckling” with the highest rate of correctional supervision in the nation (one in 13) to a “Cinderella” story of reform, thanks to committed, bipartisan leadership. And leading that effort is Georgia Appeals Court Judge Michael P. Boggs, co-Chair of Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform Council in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Judge Boggs will be the keynote speaker at “Georgia Criminal Justice Reform: Looking Ahead, Staying Ahead,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s February 17 Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The… View Article
Letter to the editor, The Citizen, sent December 9, 2015 in response to a letter from Peachtree City Public Information Officer Betsy Tyler alleging the city’s plans were “misrepresented” by the Foundation President Kelly McCutchen and Watchdog.org reporter Chris Butler: Peachtree City’s Public Information Officer and City Clerk, Betsy Tyler, accuses the Georgia Public Policy Foundation of being “alarmist” in questioning Peachtree City’s plan to build out a government-owned broadband internet network (“PTC’s cable plans misrepresented in story,” December 8, 2015). We admit to being alarmed that a supposedly fiscally conservative city in Metro Atlanta would engage in such a risky venture, but we are far from alarmist. The Foundation has a nearly 25 year record of defending… View Article

Foundation Results

This post was sent to readers of the Friday Facts on December 4, 2015, by Foundation President Kelly McCutchen. Nine months ago, Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd headed down the road for a fact-finding day trip to Dublin, Ga., to research an article marking the one-year anniversary of Dublin City Schools’ solar energy project. “What started out as a commentary on Sunshine Week and the solar project’s anniversary led to a trail of lofty projections, broken promises, unpaid bills, questionable math and taxpayers left on the hook,” we noted back in March. Nobody had reported yet on the financial mess involving the solar industry in Dublin. “The financial fallout is likely to grow, but a cloud of hush surrounding the… View Article
EVENT INVITATION October 20, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia Atlanta – The recommendations from the funding committee of Georgia Governor Deal’s Education Reform Commission, which were expected in August, have been delayed until December 18. That means, according to news reports, a postponement of least one year – until summer 2017 – in implementing any new education funding model for Georgia. Reform is past due: Georgia’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula has stagnated since 1985 while the education landscape has transformed around it. Today, more than one dollar in every three of Georgia’s state budget is allocated to K-12 education.  Just how does Georgia ensure that funding follows… View Article

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