Category: Issues

by Randy Eminger The following article originally appeared in the 1998 Election Issue of the Georgia Policy Review. Randy Eminger is Southern Vice President at the Center for Energy and Economic Development. The Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) is a national, nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of low-cost, reliable, environmentally compatible, long-term coal-fired electricity generation in America. Perhaps more than most years, the talk in Georgia this summer turned to the weather. We all sweated through the muggy mornings and scorching afternoons. But hot summers in the South are not that out of the ordinary. What is odd is that this year, many weather discussions have been upgraded from a casual barbershop conversation to a national political… View Article
By Senator Sam Nunn I have come to the conclusion that it is time to scrap the current individual and corporate income tax and replace it with a new tax system that works. What do I mean by a tax system that works? I mean a tax system that encourages saving and investment – the keys to economic growth. I mean a system that is fair and understandable and that reduces the cost of compliance. I mean a system that is attuned to international competitive realities. And I mean a tax system that is fiscally responsible. Senator Pete Domenici and I have designed and introduced a new tax proposal that we believe goes far toward meeting these criteria. We call… View Article

Rescuing Atlanta From A Fiscal Crisis

America’s cities are in trouble. Faced with increased demands for services, cutbacks in state and federal funds, and a dwindling tax base, many cities have resorted to higher and higher taxes. Several progressive city governments, however, have found ways to maintain services without raising taxes. They have achieved their success through methods such as privatization, consolidating city and county services, improving employee accountability, greater use of volunteers, and professional city management. Few cities could benefit more from these alternatives than the City of Atlanta. http://www.gppf.org/pub/Spending/rescue_atlanta.pdf… View Article

Has Government Abandoned Its Founding Principles?

By Amos R. McMullian History does not repeat itself. Human nature repeats itself. It is the nature of humans to stray from the straight and narrow — from sin, and back again; from peace to war and back again; from poverty to prosperity and back to poverty again. It is the nature of humans to forget this, and they need to be reminded. This cycle of human nature goes on in both the people and in their leaders. Sometimes the people are wrong. Sometimes the leadership is wrong. Sometimes both of them are wrong. Bad public policy causes people to suffer. Our Founding Fathers understood human nature. They understood that incentives matter and they knew that government can destroy wealth… View Article
Rodney N. Kreider, M.D. F.A.A.P. Recently, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation asked its members for examples of how government has affected their lives. The following article is one of the many responses we received. I’m a board-certified pediatrician who has been associated with one of metropolitan Atlanta’s oldest and largest pediatric practices for the last thirteen years. Our practice has a fairly typical and diverse patient population. I do not represent any group or special interest other than children, nor am I a professional spokesman for any group or cause. I am simply a pediatrician who would like to share my daily experiences because I care about children and their families. I believe that any meaningful discussion of welfare reform… View Article

Alternatives for Tort Reform In Georgia

John G. Malcolm An 81-year-old woman from New Mexico spills a cup of McDonald’s coffee on herself and suffers third-degree burns. A jury awards her $160,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages. A San Francisco jury awards a former secretary of a prestigious law firm who claimed that she had been sexually harassed $50,000 in compensatory damages for emotional distress and $7.1 million in punitive damages. A $1,000 dispute over a car loan turns into a lawsuit, and the finance company is hit with a $50 million punitive damage award. “Help!” cry businessmen and stockholders. “There is a lawsuit being filed every five minutes! The legal system has gone haywire. It’s those trial lawyers! It’s time for… View Article
Elder J. Olson Recently, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation asked its members for examples of how government affected their lives. The following article is one of the many responses we received. My wife and I founded our small nursing service, Share Care Services, six years ago in Brunswick, Georgia. Sharron had been Executive Vice-President in charge of home health nursing for a large company headquartered in Brunswick, which grew from seven to 48 offices while she was there. She was later recruited by a Savannah hospital, where she ran six offices and assisted in establishing their home nursing service program. I mention Sharron’s background only to demonstrate that she is fully competent to direct a home health care nursing service.… View Article

Is Welfare Unfair?

Pat Wilder For over thirty years the issue of fairness has driven the dramatic expansion of welfare and social subsidy programs. Ironically, this pursuit of fairness has resulted in one of the least fair support systems that could ever be imagined. Neither those receiving nor those financing welfare programs have benefited to any significant extent. It is time to impart true fairness to the welfare system by promoting personal independence while providing temporary assistance. Good intentions are no longer sufficient; we must be honest in our assessments of what has been tried before, and base future efforts on the principle that individuals, not the government, hold the greatest promise for self-fulfillment.   UNFAIR TO BENEFIT RECIPIENTS A welfare system that… View Article
William H. Read and Mark H. Read  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY From software development to telemedicine to broadcasting, many Georgia industries depend on the state’s telecommunications infrastructure. In addition, the telecommunications industry itself already employs some 50,000 professionals in Georgia. These high-paying jobs in growing, dynamic industries are exactly the kinds of jobs that will determine Georgia’s economic future. Telecommunications deregulation will allow Georgia to build upon this solid base, enhance its infrastructure and create jobs. Taking the lead in creating a competitive telecommunications marketplace could prove to be the state’s best economic decision since the construction of Hartsfield International Airport. The primary question being debated today is not whether the local market should be opened, but when and how? The main… View Article
William H. Read and Mark H. Read   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY From software development to telemedicine to broadcasting, many Georgia industries depend on the state’s telecommunications infrastructure. In addition, the telecommunications industry itself already employs some 50,000 professionals in Georgia. These high-paying jobs in growing, dynamic industries are exactly the kinds of jobs that will determine Georgia’s economic future. Telecommunications deregulation will allow Georgia to build upon this solid base, enhance its infrastructure and create jobs. Taking the lead in creating a competitive telecommunications marketplace could prove to be the state’s best economic decision since the construction of Hartsfield International Airport. The primary question being debated today is not whether the local market should be opened, but when and how? The… View Article

I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

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