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Tax and Spend Tuesday: March 2, 2021

Tax and Spend Tuesday, a roundup of news, views and policy proposals affecting your paycheck and pocketbook! The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package that passed the U.S. House and awaits Senate action has raised hackles in states that stand to benefit less – because their economies have been open – than states that implemented tough lockdowns. Georgia was among the first to reopen its economy, in April 2020, with Gov. Brian Kemp issuing some sensible direction in his executive orders and resisting the pressure from some local governments to shutter more … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: March 1, 2021

Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. States have waiting for Georgia’s innovative Medicaid 1115 waiver to take effect and lead the exodus from ObamaCare. But there’s a new pharaoh in town, and he’s changed his mind about letting Georgia’s people go: Suddenly the thoughtful flexibility Gov. Brian Kemp believed was a done deal to give more low-income Georgians Medicaid coverage is no longer good enough. Yep. The waiver approved by the Trump administration’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in October … Continue Reading →

Cents and Sensibility in Georgia Energy Policy

By Benita M. Dodd Millions of residents in Texas struggled to cope without electricity in homes and businesses this past week as an Arctic blast led to widespread power blackouts across the state. The finger-pointing began even before power was restored. Blame alternated among renewables, infrastructure shortfalls, lack of preparedness, and Texas’ independent streak that led it to create a power grid separate from the rest of the nation. Could such a deadly disaster take place in Georgia, another Southern state with its own, unique challenges in extreme weather? First, … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: January 29, 2021

It’s Friday!  Today’s Friday Facts has an education focus, to mark the 11th annual celebration of National School Choice Week, which kicked off January 24. Memory Lane: Education options for Georgians have always been in the forefront at the Foundation, and this article from the Fall 1992 Georgia Policy Review is one example. As the Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021, each Friday Facts will include a little trip down Memory Lane from our three decades of “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives.” We’re hiring! The Foundation is adding … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: January 18, 2021

Life after COVID-19 for ‘long-haulers’ Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. By Benita M. Dodd A dear young friend and colleague tested for COVID-19 around Thanksgiving and, after quarantining and treatment, he recovered from his mild symptoms. As too many Americans are discovering post-COVID, however,  recovering from the novel coronavirus doesn’t mean their health issues are over. Under the impression his acquired immunity and return to health meant all was well,  when he started feeling unwell early this year, he thought he … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: January 11, 2021

Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. Mutating virus: The first case of the U.K. coronavirus variant has been reported in Georgia, an 18-year-old man with no travel history, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported January 5. The state became the fifth to report a case of the variant, following New York, California, Florida and Colorado.   Resistant COVID-19: The lead researcher in Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trials in South Africa told CBS that country has seen more than 13 coronavirus variants since the start of the … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: December 18, 2020

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “The Founders believed, and the Conservative agrees, in the dignity of the individual; that we, as human beings, have a right to live, live freely, and pursue that which motivates us not because man or some government says so, but because these are God-given natural rights.” – Mark R. Levin “It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in … Continue Reading →

Tax and Spend Tuesday: December 15, 2020

Tax and Spend Tuesday, a roundup of news, views and policy proposals affecting your paycheck and pocketbook! Change we don’t need: It’s not the first time we’ve noticed that some recent immigrants to Georgia are refugees from high-tax, high-regulation states who start off happy but inexplicably start working to turn our well-run state into the mess they left. In his recent column, Thomas Gallatin discusses the continuing exodus of businesses from California. Two of the destination states are Texas and Georgia, and Gallatin warns: “The problem for Texas and Georgia … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: December 14, 2020

Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. COVID-19 vaccine arrives: Frontline healthcare workers in New York became the first to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine today, just a day after Pfizer began shipping the first doses to hospitals December 13, The New York Times reported.The first vaccines arrived in Atlanta today but, according to 11Alive TV news, it was not clear whether Atlanta was a destination or distribution point for the vaccines. View Georgia’s official COVID-19 status report here. According to the draft plan … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: December 11, 2020

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785) “My country owes me no debt. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service … Continue Reading →

Transportation Tuesday: December 8, 2020

Transportation Tuesday is the newest in a series of  Georgia Public Policy Foundation policy briefs. Others are Medical Monday’s Checking Up On Health and Tax and Spend Tuesday.  The Transportation Tuesday post of October 27, 2020, shared an article from Cato Institute’s Regulation magazine that discussed an alternate – and, we thought, intriguing – approach to transportation public-private partnerships (P3s). You can read our post here.  It elicited a response from our friend and Senior Fellow Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation. The response, published in full below, first appeared … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: December 7, 2020

Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. The holiday season is upon us. It’s true that “Seasonal Affective Disorder” – appropriately, SAD – may have been somewhat debunked, but the fact is that depression and sadness will be especially widespread over Christmas as COVID-19 surges anew. Nursing home residents and rehab center patients must endure the holidays without family visits, in most cases, as must many hospital patients. Stressed-out medical professionals will be overwhelmed by patients and, perhaps, short on patience, short on … Continue Reading →

AJC Publishes Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi’s Study Citing Benefits of Ga. Tax Credit Scholarships

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s November 30, 2020, edition published an op-ed by Georgia Public Policy Foundation Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi and Heidi Holmes Erickson that highlighted the benefits of Georgia’s Tax Credit Scholarship program to taxpayers and students. The op-ed can be read in its entirety below; access it on the newspaper’s website here. OPINION: Private school scholarships are win for students and taxpayers By Heidi Holmes Erickson and Benjamin Scafidi Georgia’s tax credit scholarship program provides substantial net savings to Georgia taxpayers as well as higher educational attainment among scholarship … Continue Reading →

Transportation Tuesday: Gwinnett Transit Referendum Postmortem

Transportation Tuesday, December 1, 2020:  Policy, news and views driving transportation. Gwinnett Transit Referendum Postmortem By Dave Emanuel When Gwinnett County voters defeated the county’s 2019 transit referendum, proponents blamed their loss on the referendum being on the ballot of a special election, which typically has low voter turnout. When a referendum for a revised plan was placed on the ballot for the November 2020 general election, however, the results were the same: defeat. The relatively narrow margin of defeat – 1,013 votes – does not tell the whole story. … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: November 30, 2020

Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. Many Thanksgiving family gatherings were canceled because of COVID-19. Many relatives avoided gatherings to minimize the risk of infection. Some who attended social gatherings over the holiday are now in quarantine or worse – infected – because someone turned up asymptomatic but infected or now suspect they might be. Expect another surge in infections beginning this week. It hit close to home for us: My son and his family were unable to join us because a … Continue Reading →

Tax and Spend Tuesday: November 17, 2020

Tax and Spend Tuesday, a roundup of news, views and policy proposals affecting your paycheck and pocketbook! The election: The Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council analyzed November 3 ballot measure results in the states, noting that “Many of these ballot measures will impact their pocketbooks – and state economies – for years to come.” Among them: California voters rejected Proposition 15, which would have seen commercial property owners’ property tax bills increase by as much as $12.5 billion annually. California voters also approved Proposition 22, … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: November 16, 2020

Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. You can expect a lot of pushback as COVID-19 numbers climb around the nation. Before you panic, today Becker’s Hospital Review ranked the states where the novel coronavirus is spreading fastest and those where it’s spreading slowest. Do you know where Georgia ranks? Find out here. What are the odds? Assess your risk of contracting COVID-19 at an event this holiday season using a tool created by Georgia Tech researchers. The COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool examines … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: November 13, 2020

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Government outlays on antipoverty programs are almost entirely unaffected by which party is in power: It has inexorably risen under Republicans and Democrats alike — from just one-half of 1% of GDP in the early 1960s to 4% of GDP today. Indeed, antipoverty spending has continued to skyrocket at a far faster rate than the population of people with incomes below the poverty line.” – Jeff Jacoby “The closeness of this election, and the multitude of legal challenges which have followed in its wake, have … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: November 6, 2020

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “I would relate to the crowds how I called on a certain rural constituent and was shocked to hear him say he was thinking of voting for my opponent. I reminded him of the many things I had done for him as prosecuting attorney, as county judge, as congressman, and senator. I recalled how I had helped get an access road built to his farm, how I had visited him in a military hospital in France when he was wounded in World War I, how … Continue Reading →

Tax and Spend Tuesday: November 3, 2020

Tax and Spend Tuesday is a roundup of news, views and policy proposals affecting your paycheck and pocketbook! The election: It’s going to be a while before today’s election ballots are tallied and results are official. There will be a president, but the tax and spending plans, of course, depend on whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican. It’s like the old joke: “I told my friend that my brother is having a baby and he is asked if I knew whether I was going to be an … Continue Reading →