Tag: Taxes

Checking Up On Health: January 29, 2013

Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Glossary for the health care law: The Associated Press has helpfully compiled a list of explanations of the terms you should know to help you understand the law that Congress passed (to paraphrase Speaker Nancy Pelosi) so that it could find out what was in the law. For example: “Essential health benefits – Basic health benefits that most health insurance plans will have to cover starting in 2014. They include office visits, emergency services, hospitalization, rehab care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, prescriptions, lab tests, prevention, maternal and newborn care, and pediatric care.” Find out about individual mandates, exchanges and more.… View Article

Friday Facts: January 25, 2012

January 25, 2013  It’s Friday!  Upcoming: Did you know that Georgia had the nation’s fourth-highest foreclosure rate in 2012? Who’s to blame? Greedy bankers? Corrupt politicians? Ignorant homeowners? Find out at the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19. The Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole keynotes “American Dream, American Nightmare,” an explanation of the forces at play in the housing market in Georgia and in the nation, and how to rebuild the American Dream of homeownership. This event will cost $25 to attend. Register by Friday, February 15, at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk.  Quotes of Note “Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. [I]ndustry will increase, and… View Article
Foundation President Kelly McCutchen is quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Georgia’s hospital “bed tax.” “We think it’s gaming the federal system, and we need to pass something this year that’s going to reduce Medicaid costs,” he said. “We can’t rely on this funding mechanism long-term.” http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/bed-tax-plan-practical-solution-or-cop-out/nTwwr/ View Article

Funding Dearth Opens Opportunity Under the Gold Dome

By Kelly McCutchen Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Not everything is off limits to Georgia’s government in an economic recession. On the contrary, the challenge forces Georgia to explore opportunities for fundamental reforms that improve efficiency and effectiveness in the long run. Below are ideas that, if implemented, could help position the state ideally for the future. First, the state can enhance bipartisan criminal justice reforms enacted in 2012 by reforming the juvenile justice system and by protecting innocent owners and their property rights through a reform of civil asset forfeiture law. Then, there’s an ideal opportunity to improve access to justice for victims of medical negligence with patient-centered tort reform. The medical malpractice system works well for… View Article

It’s the Spending, Stupid

It’s very unfortunate to see all of the time being wasted in Washington on tax rates when the real problem is federal spending. This chart shows that despite top tax rates ranging from 28% to as high as 94%, federal revenue as a percentage of GDP has remained amazingly consistent around the long-term average of 18.5%.  (Of course, most economists would argue that the economy grows faster when marginal tax rates are lower.) Even if President Obama gets his way and raises marginal tax rates, revenues over time will still average 18.5% of GDP. However, the chart here highlights the real problem: federal spending as a percentage of GDP is projected to skyrocket to well above 35% of GDP. Why… View Article

Friday Facts: December 7, 2012

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “[T]he more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer … [taking] away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence of somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health for support in age and sickness. ” – Benjamin Franklin  “I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so… View Article

Friday Facts: November 30, 2012

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” – Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, 1775 “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” – John Marshall People Congratulations to Rogers Wade, the Foundation’s former president and CEO, who has been… View Article

Friday Facts: October 12, 2012

It’s Friday!  Events  Last chance! Today is the deadline to register for “A Portrait of The Iron Lady,” the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum on Tuesday, October 16. The event is keynoted by author John Blundell, policy and advisor and longtime friend of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She turns 87 on October 13. Join the Foundation and mark her birthday. Blundell, a free-market leader, is author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” Lady Thatcher said of him, “John Blundell has been one of the most effective champions of the free enterprise economic model which has delivered progress and prosperity around the world. Therefore he is very well placed… View Article

“Plan B” in The News

Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured an op-ed by Foundation President Kelly McCutchen as well as an editorial focused on the Foundation’s “Plan B” for transportation in Georgia. The editorial noted: “Drafting a Plan B won’t be easy, but the work must begin, both in the legislature and in town halls across the region. We hope the GPPF’s outline will jumpstart the process.” A link to Kelly McCutchen’s article: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/10/08/openness-ideas-can-get-georgia-rolling/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_forward A link to theAJC editorial: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/10/08/a-first-step-toward-plan-b-solutions/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_forward View Article

Friday Facts: September 28, 2012

It’s Friday! Events October 16: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher turns 87 on October 13. The Foundation marks the birthday of this remarkable leader with a Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Thatcher advisor and longtime friend John Blundell, who is author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” This event is at the Georgian Club. Registration is $60 and includes a copy of Blundell’s book. Register by Friday, October 12, at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Seating is limited; register early! October 9: Georgia’s voter registration deadline is October 9. Stand up and be counted! To find out more, go to http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/. Quotes of Note “It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in… View Article

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