Category: The Forum

Tax Increase or Not?

It's too early to tell if the Tax Council's recommendations will result in a tax increase. The Council says their aim was to be revenue neutral, but the report (probably due to the lack of some critical information) makes it seem otherwise. There are three calculations missing from the Tax Council's report: 1) The report calls for fewer Georgia-specific adjustments to federal adjusted gross income. How much will this broaden the personal income tax base? 2) The report calls for eliminating all exemptions and deductions except for a dependent exemption of $2,000. How much will this broaden the personal income tax base? 3) The report calls for tax credits designed to offset the loss of exemptions, deductions and the tax… View Article

First Reaction to the Tax Council Recommendations

While some may quibble with the details, and some adjustments will certainly be made, if enacted, the Tax Council’s pro-growth tax reforms will make Georgia a national model. Expect many states to follow our lead in the near future. The recommendation creates a true flat tax on income and incrementally shifts revenues to a broad retail sales tax. Both income and consumption would be taxed at a low rate of 4 percent and the tax code would be simplified. Expanded targeted tax credits would protect low-income senior citizens and families. While we would hope that a tax increase is not necessary, the Council’s mandate was to recommend the best possible tax base — what we tax and how we tax… View Article

Friday Facts: January 7th, 2011

  It’s Friday!   What’s happening at the Foundation Join U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Georgia and Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute at a Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon on Friday,  February. 4, at the Georgian Club. The topic is, “Health Care Prognosis and Prognostications.” The cost to attend this luncheon is $35. Register by Feb. 2 at this link: http://tinyurl.com/3x6jz4d. – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation turns 20 in 2011, and the yearlong theme is “20 For 20.” You’ll hear about the top 20 successes for the Foundation and Georgia; you’ll help mark our anniversary by supporting the Foundation with a donation of as little as $20 per month; you’ll be asked to steer 20… View Article

Friday Facts: December 31st, 2010

   It’s Friday!   – Today is your last chance to support the Foundation and earn a 2010 tax deduction for yourself. Every dollar you invest today will be quickly put to work to blanket the state with a prosperity agenda for Georgia’s future. Your investment allows us to hold more events, brief more legislators, educate more young people and provide more “intellectual ammunition” to win the important debates at the Capitol to ensure a thriving free enterprise system so that every Georgian has the best opportunity for success.Invest in ideas for Georgia before midnight! Click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm   Quotable – “The census shows there are more than 308 million people living in America. The amazing part is:… View Article

Friday Facts: December 24th, 2010

  It’s Friday!   – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation does not accept government funds. We rely completely on the support of Georgians like you who recognize the value of innovative ideas and the presence of an organization in Georgia that lends a strong and ever-vigilant voice in defense of our free enterprise system. Invest in ideas before the end of the year. Invest in the Georgia Public Policy Foundation by clicking on this link:  http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm.   Quotable – “The EPA just announced that the artificial sweetener saccharin is not a cancer threat after all. Or as I’ll be reporting the story 10 years from now, ‘The EPA just announced that the artificial sweetener saccharin is definitely a cancer threat after all.'”… View Article

Friday Facts: December 17th, 2010

  It’s Friday!   What’s happening at the Foundation – This week, the Foundation joined national leaders and several state-based think tanks in announcing the Right on Crime initiative. The initiative proposes six principles to guide state reforms to reduce recidivism rates, restore victims, reform offenders, protect communities and protect taxpayers. Read more about the initiative in Mike Klein’s blog in The Forum, the Foundation’s interactive community of  Georgians discussing the issues of greatest concern with the Foundation’s experts. – If you haven’t joined the The Forum, register now and join the discussion at http://forum.georgiapolicy.org/.   Quotable – “Because an individual’s personal decision to purchase – or decline to purchase – health insurance from a private provider is beyond the historical… View Article

Friday Facts: December 10th, 2010

  It’s Friday!   Quotable – “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” – Benjamin Franklin – “Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want of bread.” – Thomas Jefferson – “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year. ” – Victor Borge   The economy and taxes – Christmas will cost 9.2 percent more this year over last year, according to the 2010 PNC Christmas Price Index, which annually tallies the cost of the… View Article

Joel Klein on Education Lessons Learned

Joel Klein had some interested comments in this weekend's Wall Street Journal: First, it is wrong to assert that students' poverty and family circumstances severely limit their educational potential. It's now proven that a child who does poorly with one teacher could have done very well with another.  … Second, traditional proposals for improving education—more money, better curriculum, smaller classes, etc.—aren't going to get the job done. Public education is a service-delivery challenge, and it must be operated as such.  … Our embrace of charter schools was especially controversial. But why should any student have to settle for a neighborhood school if it's awful? The debate shouldn't be about whether a school is a traditional or charter public school.… View Article

Friday Facts: December 3rd, 2010

  It’s Friday!   – Today is the deadline to register for, ABCs+D = The Virtual Success of Digital Learning, a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon at noon on Tuesday, December 7, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. The event will be keynoted by Majority Leader Chip Rogers, a member of the national Digital Learning Council, The cost to attend is $35. For information and to register, click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/2woqfhy.   Quotable – “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” – Edward Everett   Environment – Headlines that make you go hmm: “CDC: Lead contamination may be widespread in Washington, D.C.” Source: Washington Post – Mission creep: The federal Environmental Protection… View Article

Watch Digital Learning Commission Release Their Findings Live

Watch Jeb Bush and Bob Wise unveil 10 elements of quality digital learning this morning at 9:30 am live from the Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington DC. Click here to watch the unveiling LIVE at 9:30. The 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning outline the roadmap for local, state and federal officials to integrate digital learning in education. The Digital Learning Council unites a diverse group of more than 100 leaders in education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and policy to develop the policies to advance digital learning. The panel includes Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. Senator Rogers will be discussing the Council's recommendations and their implications for Georgia at the Foundation's December Policy Luncheon Briefing next View Article

The best way to make a lasting impact on public policy is to change public opinion. When you change the beliefs of the people; the politicians and political parties change with them.

Senator Herman E. Talmadge more quotes