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By Mike Klein Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Georgia’s ability to continue slow but steady economic growth might depend on factors beyond its control, including a “heroic assumption” that the federal government will somehow get its fiscal house in order.  “If we can just solve things in Washington I think we will be ready to go,” state fiscal economist Kenneth Heaghney said Tuesday morning at the State Capitol. Heaghney was largely upbeat and cautiously optimistic when he addressed House and Senate joint appropriations committee legislators.  Slow growth is possible through 2017.  Year-to-date year total tax revenue for six months ending in December was 4.9 percent, less than forecast.  “Our revenue stream tends to be very volatile,” Heaghney said.… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION January 7, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Transportation Expert Robert Poole Keynotes Event: ‘Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike’ THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Atlanta – Register now to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s first Leadership Breakfast of 2013 at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 24. Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, transportation analyst Robert W. Poole will keynote “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole, co-founder of the Reason Foundation, will provide an update on the outlook for transportation policy, funding and policy amid fiscal constraints and partisan politics, and describe Georgia’s options… View Article
MEDIA ADVISORY   December 7, 2012   Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Atlanta – Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, national transportation expert Robert W. Poole will keynote, “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” a January 24, 2013, Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole is director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at Reason Foundation, which he co-founded. An MIT-trained engineer, Poole has advised the Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton the George W. Bush administrations. He will provide an update on the outlook for transportation policy, funding and policy amid fiscal constraints and partisan politics, and describe… View Article

Foundation in The News

The Effingham Herald published, “Only leadership will restore America,” a commentary by Foundation President Kelly McCutchen on the aftermath of the presidential elections, on November 8, 2012. “Leadership is not just about ideas and policy,” McCutchen wrote. “It’s about taking the initiative to bring people together for a common goal. This is important: America appears more politically polarized than ever.”… View Article

“Plan B” in The News

Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured an op-ed by Foundation President Kelly McCutchen as well as an editorial focused on the Foundation’s “Plan B” for transportation in Georgia. The editorial noted: “Drafting a Plan B won’t be easy, but the work must begin, both in the legislature and in town halls across the region. We hope the GPPF’s outline will jumpstart the process.” A link to Kelly McCutchen’s article: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/10/08/openness-ideas-can-get-georgia-rolling/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_forward A link to theAJC editorial: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/10/08/a-first-step-toward-plan-b-solutions/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_forward View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, September 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Georgia think tank ready with ideas for freight, funding and congestion relief Atlanta The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will unveil, “Getting Georgia Moving: Plan B for Transportation,” on Friday, September 21, at 3 p.m. during the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th Street). The Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI) and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation are joint hosts of the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. In addition to the transportation proposals, the daylong event will feature national experts and policy leaders spotlighting health care reform, options in education and the innovation economy.… View Article

In the News

The Foundation’s Benita Dodd writes in an op-ed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of September 17, 2012, that raising the speed limit can be a safe move in the right direction. It’s a safe bet. It’s also planning ahead: “Smart” cars that can automatically keep a safe distance from other vehicles — and can even operate driverless — already promise to be the wave of the future. They increase lane capacity, improve traffic flow, set higher safety benchmarks and avoid human error. Google recently announced that its driverless cars had traveled 300,000 miles without incident.… View Article

In the News

The Columbia County News-Times of Sunday, September 16, published a letter to the editor from Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd in response to the publisher’s column on charter schools: Editor: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation would like to congratulate the schools of the Columbia County school system for what publisher Barry L. Paschal describes as one of the “communities with the best schools” (column, Sept. 12). It’s commendable that your system’s faculty and staff are committed to providing students with an opportunity for academic excellence. Unfortunately, in many of Georgia’s school districts, parents are dissatisfied with the quality of their local school – or it does not meet their child’s needs – yet they have no affordable alternative. A public… View Article
The Washington Post reports that charter schools in the nation’s capital are being treated poorly despite their popularity and track recored of student achievement: While the District pours billions into rebuilding a city system that has more classroom space than it needs, parents are increasingly opting for charter schools. If trends continue, charter enrollment will surpass the traditional public school population before the end of the decade. Yet even as charters soar in popularity, D.C. officials have often relegated these schools to second-class status, maintaining funding policies and practices that bypass charters and steer extra money to the traditional city school system. Highlights: Of Washington’s 76,753 students, 31,562 (or 41 percent) are enrolled in charter schools. Charter schools posted… View Article

Caps on Damages Won’t Reduce Defensive Medicine

The recent health care debate has completely ignored one of the major health care cost drivers: defensive medicine. Writing in The Hill, Dr. Jeff Segal states why the Affordable Care Act will do little to reduce healthcare spending: One reason, according to Gallup, is that one in four healthcare dollars in America is spent on defensive medicine. Defensive medicine occurs when doctors order more tests and procedures — such as CT scans, blood work and biopsies — than are medically necessary to keep from being sued. This costs consumers as much as $650 billion annually. In Texas, 79 percent of physicians said they practice defensive medicine compared to 81 percent in all states. This despite comprehensive legal reform adopted… View Article

I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

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