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By Kelly McCutchen KELLY McCUTCHENPresident, Georgia Public Policy Foundation In politics, you must take advantage of windows of opportunity. Sometimes good ideas are sidetracked by unfortunate events, a bad economy or even personality conflicts among political leaders. Given the risk of delaying decisions, Georgia needs to address its transportation shortfall quickly and practically. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation rarely promotes more government spending. But transportation funding is due for an adjustment. The Georgia Department of Transportation consistently wins awards for getting projects done on time and on budget, but it can’t complete projects that aren’t funded. Georgia’s motor fuel excise tax hasn’t changed in 44 years, while fuel efficiency and inflation have steadily eroded the tax base and its purchasing… View Article

Friday Facts: January 16, 2015

It’s Friday! Events January 21: The deadline is Monday to register for “School Choice: The Next Frontier,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ben Scafidi, Foundation Senior Fellow and ­the new director of Kennesaw State University’s Education Economics Center. Hear more about Education Savings Accounts, the tuition tax credit program, the proposed Opportunity School District, efforts to replace the QBE funding formula and more. $30. Register by Monday, January 19, at http://bit.ly/1yeTHbm. Saturday: Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd keynotes a community forum, 10 a.m. at the Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville, sponsored by the Union County GOP. Information: Patrick Malone at ptm4936@aol.com. February 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

Transit findings’ not-so-silver linings

This op-ed by Benita Dodd, vice president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 6, 2015. By Benita Dodd An Onion report that 98 percent of Americans surveyed favor public transportation – for other commuters – is one that, since its publication in 2000, remains probably the satirical newsletter’s most reality-based article. Just this past November, an Atlanta Regional Commission survey found 70 percent of people in metro Atlanta – and 79 percent in Clayton County – consider public transportation “very important” to the region. Why is this relevant? The Census Bureau reports that just 3 percent of metro Atlanta residents use public transportation. The ARC omitted asking respondents whether they feel the… View Article

Transit Should Stay off Tracks and on the Road

By Baruch Feigenbaum BARUCH FEIGENBAUMTransportation AnalystReason Foundation This legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly is expected to tackle transportation reform, with many hoping lawmakers address both roadways and transit. It appears they will: At a recent transportation industry gathering, state leaders including Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle detailed the importance of transit. Unfortunately, Metro Atlanta has one of the most deficient transit systems of any major metro area in the country. A recent Brookings Institution study ranked Atlanta 10th worst in the country for combined access to transit and employment. Transit serves only 38 percent of metro Atlanta residents. Only 22 percent of jobs are accessible by transit. Only 3.4 percent of jobs are a 45-minute, one-way commute via transit. Only… View Article
By Jim Kelly  Jim Kelly In a recent speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) explained that improving economic opportunities for middle-class Americans is the key issue on which Democrats and Republicans should be focusing leading up to 2016 Presidential election and beyond.  If this is the case, the Georgia Legislature can advance an important piece of the middle class agenda: Increase the annual cap on income tax credits available for contributions to scholarship programs that fund private school options for K-12 students from low- and middle-income families.  Schumer’s speech was a watershed moment. He acknowledged that the Democrat Party has failed to address the ways in which technology and globalization have buffeted the economic fortunes… View Article

Friday Facts: December 5, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.” – Calvin Coolidge “Overregulation corrupts citizens and weakens the rule of law.” – Lawrence Lessig “The interest of the nation in the proper fulfillment of the law’s requirements cannot yield to opposition and demonstrations by some few persons. Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower Support Tuesday was “Giving Day,” and Benita Dodd wrote about the importance of supporting your state think tank. Donate here. Remember, too, that you can support the Foundation every time you shop at Amazon.… 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 14, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government – in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.” – Milton Friedman “The problem with government regulation of the Internet is that by the time the government studies how it works and what is needed, technology has moved on.” – Jeffrey Dorfman Technology Foundation out and about: Benita Dodd, vice president of the… 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.

Dan Amos, CEO, AFLAC more quotes