Tag: Georgia policy

  By Albert Woodard The campaign in Georgia and in many states for adult and juvenile criminal justice reform has highlighted an alarming trend: Women represent a small portion of the prison population but their numbers are rising rapidly, with serious consequences for the children and communities they leave behind. The number of women incarcerated in the United States since 1990 has jumped an astounding 92 percent and shows no sign of receding. In fact, according to a recent study at the Northeastern College of Criminal Justice, prison rates for women are increasing faster than for men. The reasons for this increase are numerous, ranging from their historical offenses of larceny, forgery, embezzlement and prostitution, as well as crimes involving… View Article

Friday Facts: March 15, 2013

It’s Friday! Events Today is the deadline to register for, “Morality and The Marketplace,” a Foundation Leadership Breakfast with keynote speaker Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. The event begins 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This event is open to the public and will cost $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/btp5nge; register online at http://tinyurl.com/9wcmz5p. Dr. Brook’s book, “Free Market Revolution,” will be available for purchase at $20 per copy; $10 with student ID. March 27: The Foundation’s Annual Dinner is Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Ballroom. The keynote speaker is Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal. Tickets… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 12, 2013

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd As if you’re not sick about unemployment already: Federal authorities and industry experts say the link between the federal Affordable Care Act and layoffs is becoming more pronounced, according to a report in Becker’s Hospital Review. The Federal Reserve’s “beige book,” which analyzes the economic conditions across various Fed districts throughout the country, notes, “Employers in several districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff.” Aside from hiring changes, some districts, including Atlanta, are experiencing shortages in compliance experts due to the law’s regulatory complexity. Atlanta also reported that higher health care costs have “contributed to a modest… View Article
By Mike Klein Georgians appear ready to embrace juvenile justice reforms that would focus the state’s lock-ups on higher-level offenders and put new emphasis on less expensive and more effective community resources for lower-level offenders.  And by Georgians, we mean folks out there in the real world, well beyond the State Capitol in Atlanta. A newly released poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and the Mellman Group for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project found proposed reforms in HB 242 enjoy widespread support among conservatives, liberals and independents.  The bill would enact recommendations from the 2012 Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform. HB 242 is scheduled for its first Senate hearing on Wednesday; it unanimously passed the House.… View Article

Friday Facts: March 8, 2013

It’s Friday! Events March 19: There’s just one week left to register for, “Morality and The Marketplace,” a Foundation Leadership Breakfast with keynote speaker Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. The event begins 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This event is open to the public and will cost $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/btp5nge; register online at http://tinyurl.com/9wcmz5p. March 27: The Foundation’s Annual Dinner is Wednesday, March 27, beginning 6:30 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Ballroom. The keynote speaker is Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal. Tickets are $125 per person; sponsorships are available. To attend the dinner, register at http://tinyurl.com/b6m7au5.… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Not many people announce they’re going on a diet; it may fail and they’re left embarrassed. Around the country and in Georgia, planners are quietly going on “road diets” and hoping you’ll be so busy admiring the pretty streetscapes that you won’t notice the gradual shrinking of space for vehicular traffic until it’s too late. This social engineering move is euphemistically called “rightsizing streets.” It has little to do with transportation, and includes strategies such as “converting vehicle lanes to other uses, narrowing vehicle lanes, adding bike lanes, improving pedestrian infrastructure, changing parking configuration and adding roundabouts and medians,” according to the Project for Public Spaces, which earlier this year released a report called the “… View Article

Imposing Renewable Energy Won’t Work

(This commentary appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s ‘Atlanta Forward’ of March 7, 2013) By Benita M. Dodd If at first you don’t succeed try, try again, goes the saying. Watching environmental groups eroding sound energy policy through death by a thousand cuts is a strong reminder. For years, alternative energy was promoted as preparation for “peak” oil. Domestic energy exploration was hindered to “protect the land.” Air and water pollution were cited to demonize coal. Then global warming/climate change was the reason to reduce coal and petroleum use. Policy-makers concerned about national security were urged to achieve energy independence, with no regard for how global markets operate. In this, biofuel profiteers have been complicit and protectionist. State governments were pressed… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION March 4, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore Keynotes Foundation Annual Dinner Atlanta – Reserve your seat today for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation Annual Dinner on Wednesday evening, March 27th, at the Cobb Galleria Ballroom. The keynote speaker is Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal, a national champion of free enterprise, limited government and personal responsibility. Moore joined The Wall Street Journal as a member of the editorial board and senior economics writer in 2005 and focuses on economic issues, including budget, tax and monetary policy. Moore was the founder and former president of the Club for Growth, which raises money for political candidates who… View Article

A New Approach to Medical Malpractice Reform

By Kelly McCutchen Preventable medical errors kill more people in the United States each year than automobile accidents or guns. Billions of dollars are wasted each year on “defensive” medicine – unnecessary procedures and tests ordered to protect health care providers in case of a lawsuit. Instead of focusing on reducing medical errors, however, Americans are trapped in a system based on a false sense of access to justice that thwarts efforts to improve patient safety. As one paper put it, “The current tort system does not promote open communication to improve patient safety. On the contrary, it jeopardizes patient safety by creating an intimidating liability environment.” This quote is not from a conservative think tank, but from a paper… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT February 25, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Registration Open for, ‘Morality and The Marketplace,’ With Ayn Rand Institute Executive Director Yaron Brook Atlanta – Capitalism has been demonized, markets are not so free and individual responsibility is becoming passé. How does America turn that around? Find out at, “Morality and The Marketplace,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The keynote speaker is Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute and co-author of, “Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.” This event is open to the public but registration is required. The… View Article

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