Tag: Georgia Public Policy Foundation

This article written by Policy Foundation Forum Editor Mike Klein was published this week by Texas – based Right on Crime and also by the Franklin Center for Government Watchdog websites.  Right on Crime is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Georgia’s criminal justice reform special council has delivered a recipe of recommendations that, if adopted by the General Assembly next year, could eventually shorten behind-the-bars time for some nonviolent offenders. It would also change the direction for treatment of adult inmates whose needs might better be addressed in mental health settings than state prisons. The executive summary states, “Many of the policy proposals in this report focus on improving community-based supervising, sanctions and services as well as… View Article
The following excerpts contain all the substantial recommendations contained within the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform report that was released today by Governor Nathan Deal’s office. There was no news conference at the time this article was posted.  The online complete Special Council report contains extensive sourcing footnotes that were eliminated here to ease reading.  Edited for length. Policies to Protect Public Safety, Hold Offenders Accountable and Contain Corrections Costs Georgia policymakers are looking for ways to increase public safety and to control corrections spending and growth in the prison population. Per its legislative mandate, the Council undertook an extensive review of the state’s data and practices to analyze whether Georgia’s laws, policies and practices were focused on reducing… View Article
This morning Governor Nathan Deal’s office has released the long-awaited Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform recommendations.  Here is Governor Deal’s accompanying statement: “The Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform has exceeded expectations by delivering a comprehensive, serious and well-crafted report. I joined members of the General Assembly in asking this council to provide us with a starting point. We still have a long way to go in this process, as my office engages with legislators and concerned Georgians on where we go from here. Obviously, the council has provided us with an in-depth study and recommendations. One of those recommendations I have already agreed to: I will sign an executive order to keep a council intact so that it… View Article
Millionaires – the fat cats who continue to get fatter – are everywhere and they are the problem, dragging down everyone else who is not living their lavish lifestyles with their country clubs and their private educations and their vacation villas and you know, they just keep reproducing like rabbits and shouldn’t we really be doing something about them.  Like maybe take their money. Occupy Anywhere campers would have you believe rich cats are the festering sore of society.  Get rid of rich people and then we can address society ills like human waste in city parks. Those who subscribe to the idea that millionaires undermine the economy and we need wealth redistribution should be overjoyed at a Mercatus Center… View Article
Sometime soon – maybe this week – Georgians will get their first glimpse at adult corrections reform ideas that are essential to restore fiscal sanity to runaway costs, maintain appropriate punishment for the crime and do both without sacrificing public safety.  That’s a tall order. A special council on criminal justice reform report that was due to Governor Nathan Deal on November 1st is still not public two weeks later.  The date is less important than whether the council report contains recommendations that can be embraced by legislators during an election year.  No one wants to campaign on the slogan, “I’m Soft on Crime!” Political considerations aside, corrections reform must succeed.  Failure is not an option. Georgians have not forgotten… View Article

Pipeline from Canada Trickles Down to Georgia

Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Benita M. Dodd Choosing between energy independence and energy security is like choosing between cherry pie and pie-in-the-sky: Only one is real. A 1,700-mile planned oil pipeline from Canada to Texas could bring security to this nation’s oil supply, but environmental activists and (more recently) “Occupy” types pushing for pie-in-the-sky independence from fossil fuel energy are doing everything they can to deny Americans energy security. The $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline would carry more than a half-million barrels of oil a day from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, across several U.S. states to U.S. refineries in the Gulf.  It holds enormous promise for the United States, which imports about… View Article
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has named Rogers Wade recipient of its 2011 Freedom Award which is presented to a Georgian who has exemplified the principles of private enterprise and personal integrity.   Mr. Wade is chairman of the Foundation, former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Herman Talmadge and a current adviser to Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.  Mr. Wade serves on many public sector boards and he has long advocated and supported U.S. military troops through his USO involvement. Almost 400 guests were on hand when Mr. Wade received his award during the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 24 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.  Video excerpts from the evening can be viewed on… View Article
MACON – Georgia children who attend charter public schools are typically boxed into smaller facilities that have inadequate library, science, art, music, cafeteria and physical education resources compared to traditional public schools.  That is the conclusion of a six-month study highlighted last week during the Georgia Charter Schools Association ninth annual conference. “Charter schools are in a facilities crisis,” GCSA President and CEO Tony Roberts told the Public Policy Foundation.  “The only way to alleviate that is for them to receive per pupil funding for facilities so they can afford to lease or buy facilities.”  Georgia start-up charter public schools do not receive facilities funds. Traditional public schools receive facility funds by several means. Georgia instituted competitive public schools facilities… View Article
MACON – Hundreds of charter public school advocates who traveled here last week heard Apple founder Steve Jobs remembered, discussion about a proposed national legal defense fund to help protect charter schools that are under legal assault and they heard a glimpse about what might come after No Child Left Behind. But if they were hoping to hear about a resolution to who can authorize charter schools in Georgia, that wasn’t happening. Georgia – once considered a national leader in alternative authorization for charter schools – took a significant step in another direction — some say backward — in May when the state Supreme Court ruled that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission was unconstitutional. The decision returned authorization solely to… View Article
Documentary filmmaker Bob Bowdon – whose celebrated movie “The Cartel” probed deep into failures at New Jersey inner city schools – released a new internet video today about the Atlanta Public Schools test cheating scandal.  His video report can be viewed on ChoiceMedia.TV which debuted just one week ago.  The new site is aggregating education stories from all over. Bowdon’s report begins with WSB-TV’s Monica Pearson:  “Late this afternoon a statement on behalf of Superintendent Beverly Hall insisted she was not aware of widespread cheating.”  An off-camera voice says, “Answers changed to right ones by teachers after students had turned in their tests.”  NBC News anchor Brian Williams says, “There is disturbing news out of Atlanta, Georgia tonight about a… 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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