2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum Program

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Foundation Praises Supreme Court Ruling For Education Choice

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release June 30, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Praises Supreme Court Ruling For Education Choice Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrated today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Montana violated the U.S. Constitution by excluding religious schools from the state’s tax credit scholarship program that enabled students to attend private schools. Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, called the ruling “a validation of the right of parents to choose the best education option for their children.” “This landmark … Continue Reading →

Recent Foundation Publications

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 2020 publications are listed below by date of publication. Click on a link to read. July 24: Education Options are Varied and Available, by Benita M. Dodd. Georgia parents have much to consider in the next few weeks. Educators and policymakers can help by prioritizing and publicizing diverse, accountable opportunities for Georgia’s children, in technology, curriculum and academic achievement. July 17: Gwinnett’s Billion-Dollar Transit Boondoogle, by Dave Emanuel. The plan to extend MARTA into Gwinnett and build a new station at Jimmy Carter Boulevard does … Continue Reading →

Foundation Joins Plea for Georgia to allow Online Vision Care

Dear Governor Kemp, We the undersigned organizations, representing a variety of constituencies, urge you to suspend your state’s prohibition on ocular telehealth services during this time of crisis. Patients, underserved communities and taxpayers would all benefit from your timely action. Georgia, along with the rest of the country, is facing a pandemic that has dramatically affected the ways Georgians live and work. Leaders such as yourself have been quick to act—and we applaud your executive orders allowing flexibility in the ways that Georgians can receive healthcare services. These measures help … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: May 1, 2020

It’s Friday! This is the seventh Friday Facts edition to focus on the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation and Georgia. (View previous editions here.) View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The main barriers to maintaining usual care by telemedicine require changes that are unlikely to come from the federal level. Commercial reimbursement, Medicaid reimbursement and credentialing are the states’ domain. Only 20% of states require payment parity between telemedicine and in-person services. Fortunately, both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid … Continue Reading →

News Release: Study Finds Georgia’s Proposed Pension Reforms Fall Short

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release April 21, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Study Finds Georgia’s Proposed Pension Reforms Fall Short Even before COVID-19, a problem existed Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Reason Foundation released an Issue Analysis today that examines recent legislation intended to address the out-of-control costs in the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia. “Proposed Reforms to Georgia’s Teacher Pension System Missed the Mark,” the Issue Analysis by Reason Foundation’s Jen Sidorova and Len Gilroy – who is also a Senior Fellow with the Georgia Public … Continue Reading →

Foundation President Kyle Wingfield Welcomes Kemp Plan to Reopen Georgia Businesses

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release April 20, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation President Welcomes Kemp Plan to Reopen Georgia Businesses Atlanta – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement today that some businesses closed because of COVID-19 will be allowed to begin reopening on Friday, April 24, (with appropriate precautions) was welcomed as a timely first step by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. The broader public health state of emergency Kemp declared statewide will continue through May 13. “The strictest measures on Georgians always had to … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: April 3, 2020

It’s Friday! This is the third Friday Facts edition to focus on the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation and Georgia, and the innovative approaches to reduce its impact. (View the March 20 edition here and March 27 here.) View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “Regardless of how long this goes on, now is the crunch time for us to lessen the peak, to make the bull’s eye smaller so that we don’t overrun our healthcare network.” – Gov. Brian Kemp, … Continue Reading →

News Release: Foundation Names Director of Policy and Research

News Release | For Immediate Release March 31, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Names Director of Policy and Research Atlanta – Christopher Denson has joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as Director of Policy and Research. Denson brings to the Foundation nearly a decade of experience in the healthcare arena in Georgia, most recently as Director of Outreach at HCA Memorial Health, a 612-bed Level 1 trauma center serving a 32-county region in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina. Before that, he was Manager of Health Policy Consulting for Leavitt Partners … Continue Reading →

News Release: Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List

News Release | For Immediate Release January 31, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd at benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been named one of the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” of 2019 in a survey released this week by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation – a sister think tank in the State Policy Network – are the only U.S. state-based free-market think tanks ranked as “Best Independent … Continue Reading →

Freedom Award 2019

News Release: 300 Join in Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release January 29, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) 300 Join in Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration Atlanta –  More than 300 friends and supporters joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta Tuesday night (January 28) for the Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner. The keynote speaker was John A. Allison, board member and former CEO of the Cato Institute and the retired chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp. (recently renamed Truist). Through the years, the Foundation has presented the prestigious Freedom Award to a notable Georgian … Continue Reading →

2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum (with video links to sessions)

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News Release: Foundation Hails Special Master’s Proposal in Florida-Georgia Water Dispute

News Release | For Immediate Release December 12, 2019 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Hails Special Master’s Proposal in Florida-Georgia Water Dispute Atlanta – Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, released this statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court Special Master’s recommendation in the 6-year-old “water wars” dispute between Florida and Georgia: The finding by New Mexico federal Judge Paul Kelly is the only reasonable outcome after Florida’s unfounded accusations. While couched in environmental concerns, the cap Florida sought on Georgia’s water usage in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin through 2050 has … Continue Reading →

Media Advisory: Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky Talks Election Integrity Aug. 27

“Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction,” a policy briefing with Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky.

Pause and Reflect on Our Hard-Won Freedom

Now is an especially important time to reflect on the sacrifices made by the greatest generation during World War II.

Foundation Adds Development Associate Kennedy Atkins to Staff

Kennedy Atkins has joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as a Development Associate and will focus on donor relations and outreach.

The Economics of Building a Voucher or ESA Program in Georgia

The political success of vouchers and ESAs hinges on persuading opponents that these programs won’t deprive schools of needed funding for the remaining students.

Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List

Foundation makes global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List for second consecutive year!

Balancing the Books in Education

Balancing the Books in Georgia’s Public Education  

Free Trade and the Impact on Georgia

Heritage Trade in Georgia Issue Brief Griff Lynch Presentation-min