Tag: Medicaid

Fiscal Prudence, Innovation Both Needed Here

This op-ed by Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, appeared in the Sunday, January 10, 2015, edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. By Kelly McCutchen With major policy decisions on transportation, education, health care and tax reform on the legislative agenda, Georgia should think beyond the traditional approach of spending more money as the solution for every problem. Focusing on ways to enhance economic opportunity and empower individuals beats doubling down on the status quo. Economic opportunity, now more than ever, starts with education. Low- and middle-income children deserve access to the same educational opportunities available to children in affluent families.  Expanding Georgia’s successful tuition tax credit scholarship program is the best first step. Operating at about one-third… View Article

Friday Facts: January 9, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The (state) Constitution clearly says that all taxes derived from the sale of motor fuel has to be put on transportation … so I think that, before we answer anything from anybody else, we have to go there first.” – Georgia Senator Steve Gooch, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman “People who pay for their own consumption don’t have the luxury of being able to pretend that tradeoffs don’t exist. Walk into a BMW dealership and announce, ‘I want a 7-series at Hyundai prices!’ and the dealer will laugh at you.” – Michael Cannon “[W]hat if we simply flipped transit-oriented development on its head? Call it development-oriented transit. In short, look to add… View Article

Make Foundation’s 2015 Wish List a To-Do List

By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s, “Guide to the Issues 2014,” serves as a guideline and benchmark for Georgia’s part-time General Assembly as elected officials weigh proposals for 2015-2016. The Guide exists not just because the Foundation wants things done “our” way, although that would be reassuring, but because elected officials frequently enter office as single-issue candidates: They don’t like their taxes; they’re concerned about their health care plan, their child’s education or the other guy. Then they’re campaigning or are elected to office and a reporter calls to ask how they feel about, say, stormwater utilities, defined contribution retirement plans or charter schools. Fortunately, since 1991, when the Foundation was established, our… View Article

Video: An Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

Panelists discuss conservative health care reform at the Heritage Foundation’s Antipoverty Forum last month. Kelly McCutchen describes an alternative to Medicaid Expansion at the 8:00, 18:00 and the 35:30 minute marks. Eric Cochling of the Georgia Center for Opportunity discusses the value of Georgia’s free- and faith-based clinics.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: December 2, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Oops, they did it again. And even I missed it this time. The Obama administration has become notorious for making major announcements while Americans are distracted. On Friday afternoons before a holiday weekend has become standard. On Thanksgiving eve, The New York Post reports, the administration dumped reams of mind-numbing ObamaCare regulations into the Federal Register, including yet more unilateral rewrites of the Affordable Care Act. “The stunt has even worked to keep most of the media from reporting on the rules. Yet the changes these regulations make in the health-care law are substantial,” the Post reports. The basics, according to the Post:  Obama will require large… View Article

Friday Facts: November 21, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” – James Wilson “… I say, that Power must never be trusted without a check.” John Adams “Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln Support We’re closing in on the end of the year! Have you made your annual contribution to the Foundation to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 18, 2014

Health Care News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I had this visual of net “neutrality” today. It’s such a nice word, isn’t it? It smacks of “fairness” and digital “justice;” of no favorites on the Internet. All things being equal and Internet capacity being infinite, that’s a great idea. But the capacity is limited and providers sometimes need to make choices. It’s complicated, but think of it as the difference between routing an e-mail and flawlessly streaming your Netflix video. Would you be willing to pay a little more for your online streaming? Or be willing to see a tiny delay in the relay of your e-mail to keep your price low? The visual of net… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 4, 2014

Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD It’s Election Day in Georgia, so I’ll try to keep today’s post brief and election-related … or at least not stray too far! ObamaCare In an Election-Day update e-mailed by Americans for Prosperity Georgia, Michael Harden, AFP’s Georgia State Director, wrote, “Under Harry Reid’s control, the current class of senators have done real harm to our economy and threatened American prosperity with their Big Government policies. They raised taxes on every single American, voted time and time again for more spending and debt, and voted for ObamaCare, a law that is wreaking havoc on the budgets and healthcare options of millions of families.” Where’s Waldo? In a column in… View Article

Friday Facts: October 10, 2013

It’s Friday!  Kudos Rogers Wade, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and former president of the Foundation, was presented with the University of Georgia Blue Key Service Award on October 3 in Athens. Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow at the Foundation and an assistant professor at the Gwinnett College School of Education, was honored as one of UGA’s 2014 40 Under 40 at a September 18 banquet at the Georgia Aquarium. Quotes of Note “When wealthy liberals attempt to demonstrate their own charita­ble bona fides by insisting that taxes should be raised, conservatives seethe. It is easy to be generous with other people’s money, and the idea that support for higher taxes is a mark of good… View Article

Friday Facts: October 3, 2014

 It’s Friday! Where should Georgia go next on issues? If you missed the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, find video of sessions and speakers here on our YouTube channel. See new event photos on our newest Facebook page dedicated to the Forum: facebook.com/GAlegforum.Read the issues handout we gave attendees here; read the tax PowerPoint presentation by economist Liz Malm of the Tax Foundation here. Quotes of Note “Forcing antiquated transportation regulations onto modern technologies simply doesn’t make sense.” – Taylor Bennett, Uber spokesman “Conservative leaders owe it to their followers and the vulnerable to articulate a positive social justice agenda for the right. It must be tangible, practical and effective. And it must start with… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

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