Tag: Georgia policy

Checking Up On Health: March 12, 2013

  Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation 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… View Article
By Mike Klein Mike Klein, EditorGeorgia Public Policy Foundation 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… 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 BENITA 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… View Article

Imposing Renewable Energy Won’t Work

(This commentary appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s ‘Atlanta Forward’ of March 7, 2013) Benita DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation 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… 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 KELLY McCUTCHENPresident, Georgia Public Policy Foundation 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… 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
By Mike Klein Mike Klein, EditorGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Thousands of daycare workers now employed statewide would be required to undergo federal fingerprint background checks under legislation introduced in the House.  Not all at once, mind you, as there would be a phase-in period but eventually, there would be a more complete picture about the felony criminal histories of day care workers, including possible abuse histories. “The safety and security of children are the primary concerns,” said Carolyn Salvador, executive director at the Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA) which is the state’s largest organization representing day care centers.  GCCA has endorsed passage of HB 350.  And, it has been at the table alongside state officials to address issues that… View Article

New Criminal Justice Reform Council Proposed Through 2023

By Mike Klein Mike Klein, EditorGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Georgia would establish an ongoing criminal justice reform council to oversee adult and juvenile justice issues in the state as part of proposed sentencing and corrections legislation being considered by policymakers this session. In addition, adult criminal court judges would be allowed to depart from minimum mandatory sentences in a significantly small number of drug trafficking cases under legislation now before a House committee.  Many of the provisions in  HB 349, now before a House committee, were developed by the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform.  The Special Council’s juvenile justice recommendations are contained in HB 242. This week will be important for both pieces of legislation.  Tuesday afternoon,… View Article

I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

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