Category: The Forum

Rate Cuts, Not Tax Cuts

By Jeffrey Dorfman Economists all agree that tax reform is pro-growth if it broadens the base (such as by eliminating deductions) while reducing marginal tax rates. There is less agreement on other aspects of the issue, such as which types of households should see tax cuts, whether a lower corporate rate would benefit workers or shareholders the most, and whether it would be a good idea for the government to bring in less tax revenue overall. Given all this, what type of tax reform should be our highest priority? In our current situation of low economic growth, the answer appears to be lower rates. Your marginal income-tax rate is the percentage you pay in taxes on your last (or next)… View Article

Friday Facts: October 20, 2017

It’s Friday! Heartland Institute President Tim Huelskamp was the lunch keynote speaker at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on October 13. Policy Rewind: If you missed the 2017 Georgia Legislative Forum October 13, you are in luck. We captured the whole day on video. Download PowerPoint presentations and view the presentations by Vicki DavisDr. Tim Huelskamp and others on health care and education on our Legislative Policy Forum page. Quotes of note “The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern, some of… View Article

Friday Fact: October 13, 2017

It’s Friday! Today’s the day! We’re at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel with state and national experts discussing taxes, health care and education in Georgia. If you’re not with us and 150 of our friends … Here is what you’re missing! Quotes of note “A strangulation of the world by exploding, well-camouflaged bureaucracies is one of the great threats to mankind.” – Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Price winner “Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin (1722) “[R]eliance on competitive capitalism has been the only way that countries have been able to reduce… View Article

Feeding on Problems: From World Hunger to Abundance

By Harold Brown Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Remember when India was a poster-country for overpopulation and starvation? In just one sign, The New York Times carried more than 100 articles per year from 1965 to 1980 that linked India’s name and population. How times have changed. In August 2017, an article in The Times of India proclaimed, “Govt raises foodgrain output to record 275.68 tonnes” (metric). In 1961, the harvest was less than 100 metric tons. This tripling of cereal grain production occurred with almost no change of the land area used for these crops. (See attached chart.) India’s food supply per person has increased over 20 percent since 1970, even as the population more than… View Article
NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 10, 2017 Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050  Foundation Joins Coalition Applauding Tax Reform Framework Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has joined a coalition of more than 30 state and national conservative and tax policy organizations applauding the Unified Tax Reform Framework as a promising vision for pro-growth tax reform.  In a letter hand-delivered today to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the coalition expressed support for tax reform legislation that will raise wages and take-home pay, incentivize domestic investment and level the playing field for American workers and job creators. “Recent polling shows Americans overwhelmingly support passing comprehensive tax reform, with 73 percent saying… View Article

Friday Facts: October 6, 2017

It’s Friday!  Events Benita Dodd and Kelly McCutchen outlined the Foundation’s October 13 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Facebook Live Thursday.  October 13: REGISTER TODAY! It’s just one week to the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum! The daylong event October 13 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel brings state and national experts to you to discuss transforming health care and education in Georgia!  Watch us discuss the event here on Facebook Live! The morning keynote speaker is Jonathan Williams, chief economist for the American Legislative Exchange Council. The lunch keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Huelskamp, three-term Congressman and new president of The Heartland Institute. Registration is $125 and includes breakfast and lunch. Tickets here; details View Article

The Unintended Consequences of Trade Protectionism

By Jeffrey Dorfman Jeffrey Dorfman The International Trade Commission has ruled that imported solar panels from China and other countries were injuring U.S. manufacturers, which will provide President Trump with the opportunity to impose tariffs in order to protect American solar panel producers from this “unfair” foreign competition. However, to protect the jobs of Americans who manufacture solar panels, the President would have to endanger the jobs of a larger groups of Americans: those who install the solar panels at our homes and businesses. Thus, solar panels are a perfect illustration of the dilemma inherent in opposing free trade. Justin Worland reports in Time magazine that solar panel manufacturers employ about 8,000 Americans while another 240,000 U.S. jobs are related… View Article

Burying Power Lines: A Shocking Cost

The Marietta Daily Journal of September 27, 2017 published a letter to the editor in the midst of recovery from recent hurricanes that downed power lines and prompted calls for utilities to bury the lines. The letter writer raised some salient points about the inconvenience and financial and environmental cost of burying the lines. The letter can be accessed on the newspaper’s website here and is reprinted in its entirety below.   Burying power lines would unearth problems  Dear Editor: Each time a major weather catastrophe occurs, along with the clamor about “climate change” being the causative factor, there is additional, ubiquitous uproar regarding the replacement of above-ground power lines with underground utility delivery. A few years ago, I responded to… View Article

Time is of the Essence in State Health Care Reform

State-focused health care reform is a major component of the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on October 13. Register today here By Kelly McCutchen With the failure of health care reform in Congress, Georgia faces decision time: Accept the status quo or lead a state-based effort to address the issue. The decision state leaders make — one that must be made quickly – will have long-lasting effects. On the negative side of the ledger, the gridlock in Washington leaves many challenges unaddressed. It’s not pretty. Nearly all of Georgia’s rural hospitals are struggling to stay in business. Medicaid recipients search in vain for doctors willing to take new patients.  Several hundred thousand low-income Georgians are unable to afford insurance.… View Article

Friday Facts: September 29, 2017

It’s Friday! Events October 13: Register now for the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, October 13 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Transformation,” with a focus on transforming health care and education. The keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Huelskamp, three-term Congressman and new president of The Heartland Institute. Registration is $125 and includes breakfast and lunch. Tickets here; details here  Quotes of note “Freedom is the matrix required for the growth of moral values – indeed not merely one value among many but the source of all values. … It is only where the individual has choice, and its inherent responsibility, that he has occasion to affirm… View Article

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