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A version of this op-ed by Tom Payne, Atlanta resident and board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 18. Access the op-ed online here. Finding Another Way Than ObamaCare By Tom Payne Georgians have a lot at stake in the outcome of the ObamaCare case, King v. Burwell, which will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this month. As a board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the organization leading the litigation, I believe a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs will benefit Georgia’s economy, allow Georgia policymakers to drive down insurance and health care costs, create jobs and help the neediest Georgians gain access to affordable health insurance. For those… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 25, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare: ‘Deeply Disappointing’  Atlanta — Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, which challenged the legality of tax subsidies given to individuals in federally operated exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act: “It is deeply disappointing to hear of the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell, and more importantly, to know the enormous threat it poses to our cherished principles of separation of powers and the rule of law,” McCutchen said.   “Ironically, this week marked the 10th anniversary of the… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 18, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or Ray Padrón Joins Georgia Public Policy Foundation Board of Trustees  Atlanta — The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce that Ray Padrón, Managing Partner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Brightworth, an Atlanta-based wealth management company, has joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  “We’re excited that Ray has agreed to join the Board of Trustees of this uniquely Georgia-focused, free-market think tank,” said Rogers Wade, Board Chairman and past president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  “Ray’s active involvement in improving Georgia’s business climate plus his profession as a wealth manager have shown him first-hand the economic impact of… View Article
EVENT INVITATION June 16, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or  Celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City! Please join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Georgia’s First City on Wednesday, July 29, as we take our annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day on the road again this year with a luncheon event in the beautiful Stoddard Room at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. Meet Kelly McCutchen, president of Georgia’s only state-focused free-market think tank; Benita Dodd, Foundation vice president, and keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Scafidi,  Georgia’s foremost education expert, at the noon Policy Briefing Luncheon celebrating the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman. Registration is $30; register online here by Monday, July 27. … View Article
Jason Bedrick, policy analyst at the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, testified before the Georgia Education Reform Commission last week and presented recommendations for improving Georgia’s school choice programs. Read a transcript of his remarks here.… View Article

Are Micro-Schools the Future of Education?

Technology is enabling a tremendous amount of innovation in the K-12 space. One interesting development has been dubbed the micro-school. “Micro-schools are gaining traction among families who are dissatisfied with the quality of public schooling options and cannot afford or do not want to pay for a traditional private-school education. These families want an option other than home schooling that will personalize instruction for their child’s needs.” says Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, in a recent article “The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools.” Wired Magazine profiled a micro-school, AltSchool, in its May 2015 edition: Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education. Acton Academy is another model. You can watch co-Founder Jeff… View Article
The Wall Street Journal published an essay by Charles Murray last week, “Regulation Run Amok — And How to Fight Back,” arguing that “America is no longer the land of the free” due to the modern regulatory state. He cites Thomas Jefferson’s definition of good government as one “which shall restrain men from injuring on another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” This presumption of freedom, says Murray, no longer holds. He says that at last count there are nearly 5,000 federal crimes you can commit. He states that “No individual can know how to “obey” laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley (810 pages), the Affordable Care Act (1,024 pages) or… View Article

Eva Galambos: Farewell to an Iron Lady of Georgia

Friends: The funeral for Eva Galambos, the first mayor of Sandy Springs, Ga., was Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Eva was a memorable lady; read her official obituary here. I remember the first time I met her. She came by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation to discuss her favorite topic: creating the City of Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos joined Leonard Gilroy of the Reason Foundation at the first Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in 2010 for a panel discussion on the privatization and outsourcing of government services. We pushed back, questioning the need to create another layer of government. She maintained that consolidated government typically consolidates at the highest service level. She explained: Imagine, for example, two local… View Article

Secretary of State Brian Kemp Keynotes May 14 Event

  EVENT INVITATION April 15, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or Secretary of State Brian Kemp Keynotes May 14 Leadership Breakfast Atlanta – The Office of Georgia’s Secretary of State is responsible for voter registration and election activities, professional licensing, corporate filings and oversight of the state securities’ market – a variety of wide-ranging duties with far-reaching impacts. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the statewide-elected official who heads the office, will keynote the Foundation’s May 14 Leadership Breakfast, “License to Work,” 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Kemp will discuss his efforts to streamline procedures and make it easier to start businesses and the challenges surrounding professional licensing. He’ll… View Article

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