Category: The Forum

By Benita M. Dodd When Site Selection magazine interviewed Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after the state’s fifth consecutive annual win as Top Business Climate in 2017, a major topic was workforce qualification. “Our graduation rates have come up considerably, but is graduating from high school sufficient to get you a job?” asked Deal. He answered his own question: “By and large it is not sufficient. More and more you need some educational skill level beyond high school.” Not every high school graduate is destined for a college degree; not every student graduates high school with ease. Still, every young Georgian deserves the opportunity to become a productive citizen. School choice can help families make responsible decisions to meet their student’s… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Four issues; four times as many experts. In a nutshell, that’s the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 7 in Atlanta. Hosted since 2010 by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, the daylong Forum is described as the “opening act” to Georgia’s legislative session and is modeled after the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (bigger) Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature. This year’s theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Responsibility,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” Criminal justice reform was an integral part of the inaugural Forum in 2010, and it became the prelude to Georgia’s landmark reforms. The Foundation brought in the Texas experts who were the trailblazers; today, Georgia is a national leader among… View Article

Friday Facts: August 17, 2018

It’s Friday! September 7: The 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is a daylong conference at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel on Friday, September 7, featuring an exciting lineup of experts on state-focused reforms in health care, education and pensions! Registration is open to the public and includes breakfast and lunch. $100. Register here. Find out more in today’s commentary or view the agenda here. Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine (1777) “Given the resistance that user-charge proposals frequently generate, whether reasonable or not, it is… View Article

The South Did Rise Again!

By Harold Brown In the first half of the 20th century, the South lost many of its people to northern and western migration. Much of the loss was due to “The Great Migration,” demographers’ term for the movement of black Americans north in search of better jobs and greater freedom. From the 1910s to the 1950s about 4.5 million blacks moved away from the South, along with about the same number of whites. The percentage of blacks living outside the South increased from about 10 percent in the first two decades of the century to nearly half by 1970. Georgia was right in the middle of the exodus. A University of Georgia professor was quoted in The Atlanta Constitution in… View Article

Friday Facts: August 10, 2018

It’s Friday! September 7: Early Bird registration ends SUNDAY for the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum! Register now for this daylong event on Friday, September 7, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, which includes an exciting lineup of speakers on health care reform, education innovation, pension reform and more! Early Bird registration is $75 until August 12; $100 from August 13. see the agenda here. Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily;… View Article

Bus Rapid Transit: Burden Reduced on Taxpayers

By Dave Emanuel Relatively few people use public transit but everyone pays for it. No public transportation system in the country is economically sustained by the fares paid by riders; all are subsidized by taxes. That public transit must be subsidized with tax dollars is recognized by virtually all transportation professionals, but the justification for creating or expanding a transit system is economic development. In essence, “If you build it, few will come but many will spend.” That point is well documented with the Charlotte, N.C., light rail system. A ride on the city’s 18.6-mile long LYNX Blue Line leaves no doubt that there is development along the system.   Construction of housing and commercial buildings is rampant along the newly… View Article

Friday Facts: August 3, 2018

It’s Friday! Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Events August 23: “Policy Over Politics,” with keynote speaker Kyle Wingfield, is a Foundation Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, August 23, at the 1818 Club in Duluth. Welcome by Georgia State Rep. Brett Harrell, a longtime friend of the Foundation and Gwinnett County resident. 8 a.m. (Registration, networking 7:30 a.m.) $20. Register here. September 7: Early Bird registration is open now for the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum! This daylong event on Friday, September 7, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel will include sessions on health care reform, education innovation, pension reform and more. Register at the $75 Early… View Article

Express Toll Lanes: What you need to know

Express lanes: WSB Radio held an information session with transportation leaders this week about the metro area express toll lanes. With the Northwest Corridor reversible Express Toll Lanes (I-75/575) expected to be operational by Labor Day, the learning curve is steep. Listen to the program podcast here; read the highlights below. Highlights of the Northwest Corridor Reversible Express Toll Lanes on I-75/575 Pricing: A uniform pricing approach. During non-demand hours, (about midnight–5AM), the toll will be a flat 50 cents per trip,  regardless of length. Otherwise, a minimum charge of 10 cents per mile. Speed: The goal is to keep traffic moving at a minimum of 45 mph. Access: There are 10 new points of entry.… View Article

New Frontiers for Patient Power

This article originally appeared at Forbes.com.  By John C. Goodman The idea behind Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) is a simple one: Instead of giving all our health care dollars to a third party (employer, heath insurance company or the government), we can put some of those dollars in an account that we own and control. When spending from that account, we become fully empowered consumers in the medical marketplace – reaping the full benefits and bearing the full costs of every decision we make. Even if people don’t have money set aside in a HSA, patients are paying for more and more of their own medical expenses. Half of employees who get their insurance at work have a deductible of … View Article

Friday Facts: July 27, 2018

It’s Friday! Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Events August 23: Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation on Thursday, August 23, at the 1818 Club in Duluth for a Leadership Breakfast, “Policy Over Politics,” with keynote speaker Kyle Wingfield, the Foundation’s president. Welcome by Georgia State Rep. Brett Harrell, a longtime friend of the Foundation and Gwinnett County resident. 8 a.m. (Registration, networking 7:30 a.m.) $20. Register here. September 7: Early Bird registration is open now for the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum! This daylong event on Friday, September 7, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel will include sessions on health care reform, education innovation, pension… View Article

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