Tag: Governor Nathan Deal

Friday Facts: January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 It’s Friday! Events  January 28, 2014: The deadline is Friday, January 24 to register for “School Choice and Georgia: An Update,” the Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, January 28. In celebration of National School Choice Week, the panel discussion at Cobb County’s Georgian Club features three of Georgia’s leading education experts: Eric Wearne, Jim Kelly and Ben Scafidi. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive their very own school choice woobie – and you can wear it to the School Choice Rally at the Capitol that day! This event is $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/ovkzx7g; register online at http://tinyurl.com/poode79. Quotes of Note “Wages… View Article

Friday Facts: November 22, 2013

  November 22, 2013  It’s Friday! It’s nearing year’s end, and we’d like to remind you: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Friday Facts, our most popular product, exist thanks to your support and contributions. Please help us continue “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives,” with your tax-deductible end-of-year contribution at http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm. You know we’re getting under their skin: We’re sporting another feather in our cap after the Foundation earned a personal mention on MSNBC from a doyenne of Big Government, Rachel Maddow. Maddow, whose syndicated talk radio program of the same name used to air on the George Soros-funded Air America Radio, railed against state think tanks – and specifically referred to the Georgia… View Article

Friday Facts: November 8, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.” – David Hume “Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” – Alexander Hamilton “The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution.” Ludwig von Mises Health care Ruling’s lesson: “The Supreme Court’s decision in the ObamaCare case to strike down the broad penalty for refusing to comply with the Medicaid expansion constitutes a significant victory for the Constitution and… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen  KELLY McCUTCHENPresident, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has wisely resisted the lure of federal Medicaid dollars. Doubling down on faulty, unsustainable federal programs is what got this country into its current fiscal mess. What’s disappointing is that governors like Nathan Deal who request the flexibility to try new solutions are denied that opportunity. It’s “my way or the highway” with the federal government.  It’s inevitable: Americans will have to decide what’s more important, solving problems or scoring political points. The lack of access to health care is a real problem, but instead of being freed up to try new ideas, states are forced to choose the status quo or expanding a nearly 50-year-old Medicaid… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 5: 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODDVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Yes, but …I: Ever the optimist, Chuck Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare, has a list of things to remember about the Affordable Care Act. He predicts that the “snafus” over the ObamaCare exchanges eventually will be sorted out, “and more than 20 million people who were formerly without health care insurance will be insured.” On the down side, however, he adds: “But it seems clear that many of the plans will be fairly restrictive, and people won’t have as much choice of provider. Out-of-pocket spending will surely increase. At the same time, funding for disproportionate care is being slashed. Safety-net… View Article
By Mike Klein MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Governor Nathan Deal has raised the ante on civil asset forfeiture reform next year by formally asking the new Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform to bring forward its own recommendation – and he means before the General Assembly returns in January. Ten new members and five holdovers from last year’s Council were told about civil asset forfeiture reform during their initial meeting Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol.  Civil asset forfeiture reform was perhaps the most contentious issue in the 2013 General Assembly. House Bill 1 would have limited the power sheriffs and district attorneys have to seize the assets of people who have been convicted of no crime, convert… View Article

Friday Facts: August 16, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.” – Calvin Coolidge “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.’” – Henry Ford “I come from a background where responsible science and technology are the difference between life and death. The Apollo Program relied on quality data and objective interpretation to advance knowledge in areas of science and technology that had never before been explored. All of us had complete trust in the competence, integrity and accountability of those we worked with to create the systems and hardware we depended on in the most extreme environment. We did not… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 13, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation The good news: The number of deaths from motor-vehicle crashes declined by 5 percent during the first six months of 2013 compared with the first six months of 2012, according to preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council. The council estimates that 16,620 traffic deaths occurred from January through June, compared with 17,430 deaths during the same period last year. The cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage through June was $127 billion.  The council estimates that there were 1.8 million medically consulted motor-vehicle injuries during the first six months of 2013, up 2 percent from 2012. Source: EHS Today View Article

Georgia: The Making of a Tech Powerhouse

By John Watson Over the past few years, Atlanta has been called a “corporate stronghold,” the “tech hub of the Southeast,” a “Southern belle,” and the “Silicon Valley of the Southeast.”            John Watson In fact just this January, Cox Enterprises announced it would invest $250 million in tech startups in Atlanta. In addition to adding 1,000 jobs statewide, AT&T recently announced that its fourth Foundry facility – an innovation center devoted to developing telecommunications technologies and applications – will be in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola recently reported it would soon open an information technology center in Atlanta that will also bring 2,000 jobs to the city. So why have so many new startups and existing tech giants come to call Atlanta… View Article
 By Benita M. Dodd  Benita DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? Neither Barbara Walters nor the average Georgian would be aware of this, but if you want to be considered green, you don’t want to be a plantation tree. That’s because trees from plantations – tree farms – are just not “green” enough for some.   The average Georgian has no idea, either, that the forestry industry employs one in 10 workers in Georgia and generates more than $25 billion in economic activity. Most of that is by the private sector: Of the 24.8 million acres of timberland in Georgia, private owners control 22.2 million acres (91 percent). Individual/family… View Article

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