Category: Foundation in the News

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Georgia Spending

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Thursday, June 30, 2016 quoted Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen extensively in a front-page article on Georgia’s state budget and spending. The article is reprinted in full below; access it online at the newspaper’s website here. Georgia’s record budget still lags population growth, inflation By James Salzer and Isaac Sabetai A record state budget of $23.7 billion goes into effect Friday, bringing pay raises for thousands of teachers and an expansive road and bridge construction program. On the surface, it is seen as yet another sign that a state that once struggled to keep schools open 180 days a year has left the Great Recession in its rear-view mirror. But an Atlanta Journal-Constitution… View Article
The Savannah Morning News edition of June 12, 2016 published a commentary by Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen criticizing Savannah’s plans to consider city-owned broadband. The link is here; the commentary is published below in in its entirety. Kelly McCutchen: City-owned broadband a bad idea Last month, the city of Savannah issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a company to evaluate the state of broadband services available in the city and to develop a strategic plan that will address any current gaps in service. The RFP says the plan to address gaps should include ideas for public-private partnerships or outline “various business models for municipal broadband delivery.” That phrase makes it clear that officials in Savannah… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of June 6, 2016, included an article by Pete Corson on ride-sharing services’ role in transit and quoted Kelly McCutchen. The article is printed in its entirety below and can be accessed online here (subscription required). Will Uber and Lyft also disrupt transit planning? The disruption that Uber and Lyft have wreaked on taxis could soon affect MARTA as well, according to a recent Morgan Stanley report. The report describes how ride-sharing services could be friend or foe to public transit systems, specifically mentioning Atlanta as the kind of southern metropolis most likely to be upended by shared mobility trends. The impact of ride-sharing is already being discussed internally by MARTA, which is gearing up for… View Article

AJC Quotes Foundation on Atlanta Streetcar

The Sunday June 5, 2016 edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution included a column by its Senior Managing Editor on the Atlanta Streetcar entitled, “Boondoggle or future boon?” in which Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd was quoted. The column is reproduced below in its entirety; access it online here (subscription required). By Bert Roughton Let me begin by saying no one loves buses, trains and streetcars more than I. This is why I feel so guilty. I have been a devoted MARTA rider for more than 30 years. As a young reporter, I was on one the first trains to connect the city to the airport. When relatives visit, I force them onto MARTA to ballgames and Lenox just… View Article
Benita Dodd wrote a commentary for ZPolitics that was published on March 23, 2016, the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. The article is published in its entirety below; read it online at http://zpolitics.com/six-reasons/. ObamaCare Turns 6 Today. Here are six reasons it why it needs to go.     By Benita Dodd Today (March 23) marks the sixth anniversary of passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that was implemented in 2014. In Georgia, there’s no end in sight to ObamaCare opposition. It’s fortunate. Georgia is among 27 states that left ObamaCare to the federally managed health care exchange, www.healthcare.gov.  About half the state-managed exchanges are struggling financially. Georgia is also among 20 states that chose not to View Article
Foundation president Kelly McCutchen was quoted in an article in the March 4-10, 2016 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle by Dave Williams, “Income tax cut moving through General Assembly.”  The article is reprinted below and can be accessed online at http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2016/03/04/income-tax-cut-moving-through-general-assembly.html. (Subscription required.) Income tax cut moving through General Assembly By Dave Williams Georgians may get a chance to vote this fall to reduce state income taxes for the first time since the 1930s. The Georgia Senate passed a constitutional amendment Feb. 29 that would roll back the state income tax subject to certain budgetary triggers. If it gets through the state House of Representatives, voters would decide the measure on the November statewide ballot. A separate bill… View Article

Atlanta Has Reached Peak Transit

By Randal O’Toole For decades, the transit industry has tried to convince Americans that they have a moral obligation to subsidize public transit and to spend billions of dollars building new rail transit lines. Yet the reality is that transit is increasingly irrelevant, as Atlantans have shown by deserting transit in droves. Federal transit data show that Atlanta transit ridership has declined every year since 2009 and was lower in 2014 than in any of the previous 30 years. Since the region’s population has grown by nearly 150 percent during those years, per capita transit ridership has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1985. Data are not yet available for all of 2015, but in the first nine months… View Article

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Tax Reform Proposal

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Foundation President Kelly McCutchen in the February 26 edition in an article about a tax cut proposal in the Legislature. The article is reprinted below; read it online at http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/its-an-election-year-tax-cut-proposals-advance-in-/nqYFP/ (Subscription required.) It’s an election year — tax-cut proposals advance in Georgia By James Salzer It’s an election year, and that means lawmakers probably can’t end the 2016 session without some kind of tax cut, or at least a last-minute debate on one. And state Senate Finance Chairman Judson Hill, R-Marietta, has just the ticket for election-wary politicians. The Senate could vote as early as Monday on proposals from Hill. One, Senate Resolution 756, is a proposed constitutional amendment that would make a small reduction… View Article
Kenneth Artz of the Heartland Institute interviewed Foundation Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi on  the Georgia Education Reform Commission’s recommendations. The article is below; access the article on Heartrland’s Web site here: http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2016/02/10/georgia-commission-releases-reform-recommendations Georgia Commission Releases Reform Recommendations By Kenneth Artz A Georgia government commission released a report in December 2015 detailing recommended reforms lawmakers should consider during the recently convened legislative session. The commission called on the state’s legislature to fund charter schools in a more equitable manner and provide more support for districts wishing to explore tying teachers’ pay to student performance. The commission was composed of private-sector leaders, local and state education officials, and lawmakers. The stated goal of the Georgia Education Reform Commission is to “[provide]… View Article
The Marietta Daily Journal quotes Foundation President Kelly McCutchen in a January 31 article about the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast celebrating National School Choice Week. The text is below; access the article online here. State senators speak out on alternatives to public school By Jon Gargis CUMBERLAND — Hours before a downtown Atlanta rally focused on school choice, state Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, and Georgia Public Policy Foundation officials were among those who spoke of alternatives to public school education and the way the state funds it. “If you’re concerned about economic inequality, economic opportunity is what we need to promote. That’s what school choice is all about — making sure that everyone in our society has a great opportunity… View Article

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