Category: The Forum

Attorney General Olens Asks Supreme Court to Reconsider Charter Schools Decision

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its recent decision that declared the state charter schools commission is unconstitutional. “Today we filed a motion for reconsideration in an effort to protect the rights of Georgia students to have a say in their education and be placed in a school that meets their needs,” Olens said. “I hope the Court will accept the arguments presented in our brief and reconsider their decision.” The two-part filing included a motion asking the Court to stay its decision announced May 16. The Court’s 4-3 opinion immediately impacts 16 brick-and-mortar and online learning charter schools that expected to enroll at least 15,000 students when classes resume in August. State… View Article

Making The Moral Case … Not the Money Case … For Economic Policy

Has national economic policy become a moral issue?  When he addressed the University of Colorado at Denver business school last Thursday evening, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jaime Dimon said a United States default on its debts and payment obligations would be a “moral disaster.” The big bank was among many financial institutions who received government funds known as TARP. The big bank boss might well have been channeling the innermost thoughts of American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks who spoke about making the moral case for economic change when he addressed Georgia Public Policy Foundation members this month in Atlanta. Brooks noted off the top, “If you love free enterprise, you need to start talking about morality.” His blunt description of… View Article

Friday Facts: May 20th, 2011

It’s Friday! Health care – Up, up and away: U.S. employers can expect an 8.5 percent increase in their medical costs next year due in some part to the health care reform law, the consulting firm PwC said in its annual report. The report points to three main drivers of health care costs, two of which are exacerbated by the new law: Consolidation among hospitals and physicians because of the law is predicted to reduce competition and increase rates; increased cost-shifting to private plans as Medicare and Medicaid rates fall further behind the rates private plans pay to providers; and stress-induced illnesses following the recession. – Georgia’s sole proprietors and self-employed will be able to buy out-of-state health insurance policies… View Article

Friday Facts: May 13th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – Save the date: The Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration is scheduled for the evening of Monday, October 24. Details to follow. – Save the date: The Foundation’s second annual Legislative Policy Briefing is scheduled for Friday, September 30. Last year, more than 250 people attended to hear nearly three dozen experts discuss Georgia public policy. Details to follow. – If you’ve attended a Foundation event recently, don’t forget to follow up with a visit to the Foundation’s Facebook page and view the photographs! Go to Quotations – “We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when… View Article

Friday Facts: May 6th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – Tuesday is the deadline to register for the “The Battle,” the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon on Thursday, May 12, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. The keynote speaker is Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. The cost to attend this event is $35. To find out more and register, go to – Thursday, May 19: The 2011 National Manufacturing Summit takes place at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton. Based on the idea that manufacturing is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and a driving factor behind its position as a dominant force in the global marketplace, the summit features prominent speakers sharing their views… View Article

Friday Facts: April 29th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “The fact is higher tax rates could increase total revenue or they could decrease it. Conversely, lower tax rates could decrease total revenue or they could increase it. It all depends on the specific tax and the size of the increase or decrease. And whether there are viable options (e.g., tax shelters) to avoid the higher tax rates. The president’s deficit commission seemed to understand this principle. And until the president does, we will make very little progress solving the federal debt problem.” – Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar, Institute for Policy Innovation Events – Thursday, May 12: Noon Policy Briefing Luncheon, “The Battle,” at the Georgian Club in Cobb County, hosted by the… View Article

Friday Facts: April 27th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “[President] Obama will participate in a town hall meeting hosted on Facebook. So just like everyone else in America, Obama will be on Facebook when he should be working.” – Conan O’Brien – “Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter.” – Benjamin Franklin Events – Register now for a May 12 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon, “The Battle,” at the Georgian Club in Cobb County, hosted by the Foundation and keynoted by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. The cost to attend this event is $35. To find out more and register, go to – Saturday, April 30: Join me and hundreds of grassroots activists at Americans… View Article

Friday Facts: April 15th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – Today is the deadline to register for the Foundation’s April 19 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. Amid the back and forth over the federal budget “Getting the Funding You Want for the Transportation You Need” is keynoted by Samuel Staley, Ph.D., director of urban growth and land use policy at the Reason Foundation. The cost to attend this event is $35. To find out more and register, go to Quotations – “We have long had death and taxes as the two standards of inevitability. But there are those who believe that death is the preferable of the two.  ‘At least,’ as one man said, ‘there’s one… View Article

Friday Facts: April 8th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – As the first half of Georgia’s two-year legislative session reaches its climax with tax reform hanging in the balance, you are invited to attend “Grading Georgia’s Tax Reform Plan,” a Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon at noon on Tuesday, April 12, in the Empire Room of the Sloppy Floyd Building in Atlanta. Featured speakers are Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC) and Kail Padgitt of the Tax Foundation. Legislators who register attend free, all others pay $35. To find out more and register, go to – The deadline is Friday, April 15, to register for the Foundation’s April 19 noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club in Cobb… View Article

Friday Facts: April 1st, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – Today is April Fool’s Day. Or, As Will Rogers put it, “The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.” Taxes and spending – Sunday is Tax Freedom Day in Georgia, the day that Georgians will have worked long enough to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels. According to the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day is April 12 for the nation overall. Unfortunately, Georgia lags most of its neighbors – Tennessee (March 27), Alabama (April 2) and South Carolina (March 29). Americans’ individual income taxes take the biggest bite (including federal, state and local) and require 36 days of work. Mississippi is first to celebrate,… View Article

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice Initiative pushed the problems to the forefront, proposed practical solutions, brought in leaders from other states to share examples, and created this nonpartisan opportunity. (At the signing of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform bill.)

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