PDF Version: Agenda 2018
2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum
7:30-8:00 Breakfast Buffet
President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
8:05 Introduction of Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Marissa McCall Dodson, Public Policy Director, Southern Center for Human Rights
8:10-8:50 Breakfast Keynote
Judge Steven C. Teske
Chief Judge, Juvenile Court, Clayton Judicial Circuit
‘Criminal Justice Reform for a Secure Future’
9:00-10:35 SESSION I
A Responsible Path Forward for Health Care
Change is coming slowly at the federal level even as health care costs and premiums continue to rise in the states. Georgia is not among the states that expanded the category of population covered by Medicaid, whose rising costs are unsustainable. Total Medicaid spending in FY 2016 was $574.2 billion; in FY 2017 it was $596 billion and continues to grow. Still, doing nothing is not an option. There are steps Georgia can and should take at the state level to help provide quality, affordable care for more Georgians.
Part 1: Certificate of Need Reform
Moderator: Naomi Lopez Bauman, Director of Healthcare Policy, Goldwater Institute
Rep. Terry England, Chairman, Georgia House Appropriations Committee
Jimmy Lewis, CEO, Hometown Health
Part 2: Federal Opportunities at the State Level
Moderator: Kelly McCutchen, Executive Director, HINRI
John Haupert, President and CEO, Grady Health System
Dr. Tom Price, former Secretary of Health and Human Services
10:40-11:50 SESSION II
Responsible Pension Reform in Georgia
In 2017, Georgia’s budget included $223 million for the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia to improve its financial security. This year, Governor Nathan Deal’s FY 2019 budget included another more than $360 million. Why is this happening? How much longer will Georgia taxpayers have to pump money into the TRS? What assurances do Georgia teachers entering the profession have that their benefits will be there when they retire?
Part 1: Overview
Len Gilroy, Senior Managing Director, Pension Integrity Project, Reason Foundation.
Part 2: Reform in Georgia and Beyond
Moderator: Len Gilroy
Rep. Chuck Martin, Chairman, Georgia House Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee
Rep. Thomas Albert, Chairman, Michigan House Financial Liability Reform Committee
12:00 Georgia Welcome! Lunch Buffet
12:20-1:15 Luncheon Keynote
Past Mayor, San Jose, Calif.
‘Keeping Our Promises, Protecting the Public’
1:30-3:00 SESSION III
Education — Business Takes the Lead
Education choice is a slow creep in Georgia, as innovators often must drag establishment ‘educrats’ forward into the future. Understanding that the vast majority of Georgia’s students will continue in public schools, and that a college degree is not for every young Georgian, policymakers and businesses are helping students succeed by tailoring talents in traditional environments.
Panel 1: The Marketplace as Classroom Innovation
Moderator: Patrick Jones, founder and CEO, VOCATIO
Callie Majors, Senior Vice President for Brand Strategy and Investor Relations, 3DE Schools, formerly Junior Achievement Academy
Student at a 3DE school (invited)
Panel 2: Connecting Students to What’s Next
Moderator: Mark Peevy, Assistant Commissioner for Secondary Education Initiatives, Technical College System of Georgia
Brian Cooksey, Director of Operations Training and Development, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Dr. Roger Lotson, Director of the Fort Stewart Youth ChalleNGe Academy, 2018 National Youth ChalleNGe Director of the Year
PDF Version: Agenda 2018
When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn’t changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!