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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 →

Checking Up On Health: November 2, 2020

Medical Monday: A weekly post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. COVID-19 has affected everything this year, including the election. To avoid the long lines and waits caused by pandemic precautions and a shortage of poll workers, many voters chose to vote absentee or early in-person. Georgia’s Secretary of State predicted the surge of early voting will ease lines on Tuesday. As of October 31, Georgia reported 3,902,961 voters had cast their ballots early in-person, while 1,215,438 absentee ballots had been returned. Georgia has 7.6 million registered … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: October 30, 2020

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Perhaps the most tragic aspect of today’s division is that much of it is a byproduct of our education system where young people are taught to hate our nation’s founders and founding principles. However, it is these principles, though practiced imperfectly, that have created the freest and richest nation in mankind’s history.” – Walter Williams “This year has brought unprecedented challenges to all aspects of our lives, and there is no amount of training or experience that we or our leaders could have had to … Continue Reading →

Transportation Tuesday: October 27, 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. PPPs: An article in Cato Institute’s Regulation magazine serves as a cautionary tale about public-private partnerships, also called P3s, PPPs and concessions. PPPs have seen massive infrastructure spending in over the last 30 years – 203 billion euros ($240 billion) in Europe and $535 billion in developing countries. While interest has been minimal in the United States, you can expect growing interest … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: October 26, 2020

Checking Up On Health: October 26, 2020 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd A Medical Monday post of healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. Prevention vs. cure. As someone who lives with vitiligo and must avoid the sun, Vitamin D3 is an essential daily supplement for me. For all others, exposure to about 15 minutes a day of sunlight synthesizes D3 – “the sunshine vitamin” –  naturally. But there has been a growing deficiency, especially in the developed world, among those who are older, those spend most of their time … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: October 23, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” – Vince Lombardi “Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.” – Keith Ellison “If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle, which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote. It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution.” – James Madison Economy Ranking the … Continue Reading →