Category: Foundation in the News

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Sunday edition of April 27, 2014 published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on what Georgia should do next on the transportation front. Getting moving again on transportation fixes By Benita Dodd  Georgia’s economy is picking up, and with it the daily traffic congestion as growing numbers of commuters travel to jobs. Inertia followed the failure of the 2012 transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST) in nine of 12 regions, but it’s time to move forward on transportation. Georgia still needs funding. Congress’ stalemate and growing national infrastructure demands are shrinking the federal pot. At home, even if Georgia legislators possessed the political will to increase it, the state fuel tax remains a source of diminishing funds.… View Article

AJC Quotes Foundation on Tax Breaks

In The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of April 15, 2014, GPPF president Kelly McCutchen was asked his views on the $240 million-plus in tax breaks signed into law. “This haphazard way of doing tax reform is not very effective,” he said.  “I certainly would rather us … undertake comprehensive tax reform so we didn’t have to resort to special tax breaks.” http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/more-than-240-million-in-tax-breaks-signed-into-la/nfZbd/ View Article
The Atlanta Business Chronicle of April 13 quoted Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd in an “Atlanta awaits new streetcar,” an article on the Atlanta Streetcar. By H.M. Cauley At age 11, Tim Borchers had what he describes as a “life-changing” experience. His grandparents gave him a gift: a pass to ride on the streetcar in his Australian hometown. “The moment I gave the conductor my ticket, I was lost in the streetcar world,” he said. The 52-year-old spent most of his life in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria in south Australia, where streetcars are a key transit component, ferrying commuters and tourists along 150 miles of track that crisscross the city and stretch out as far as the… View Article

AJC Article on Transit Quotes Foundation

Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd proposed bus service instead of rail expansion in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Falling transit use in metro rides against U.S. trend,” by Andria Simmons, in the Sunday edition on April 13, 2014. The article appeared on page B1, the front of the Metro section. By Andria Simmons Daren Givens’ weekend outings used to begin with MARTA — a bus or train ride from his Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood to the zoo, a concert or an intown festival. That changed over the past few years as MARTA raised its prices. Givens started riding his bicycle a lot more. And though they still take MARTA to work, on weekends Givens, his wife and their young son… View Article
Here is a selection of photos from our 2014 Annual Dinner!  What a great night we had celebrating with friends who’ve stood with us during 23 years of work to improve public policy in Georgia for everyone who lives here.  Thanks to our sponsors and friends whose support makes our work possible.  Thanks to our outstanding keynote speaker Daniel Garza, executive director of The LIBRE Initiative and former White House official during the President George W. Bush administration.  Thanks to our Great American Achievers who told their personal stories:  Sunny Park, Noel Khalil, Lisa Kelly and Anish Joseph.  Make sure to check our YouTube channel for videos which will be posted starting Monday, March 10.  And, we will be posting… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed Foundation President Kelly McCutchen for an article on Georgia Medicaid expansion appearing in the Sunday edition on February 16, 2014. Legislative approval should be required for fundamental changes in state programs, including an expansion of an entitlement program like Medicaid, said Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a right-leaning think tank. The group opposes expansion and has advocated for a market-oriented alternative. “We’re talking about billions of dollars,” McCutchen said. House leaders want a say on Medicaid expansion BY AARON GOULD SHEININ AND MISTY WILLIAMS – Obamcare’s massive expansion of Medicaid has always faced long odds in Georgia, and last week the road to expansion became all the more impassable. Currently, the decision… View Article
Benita Dodd was interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting ahead of the snow and ice of the week of February 10; this is the article.     ATLANTA  —  State and local officials were working overtime Monday to prepare for this week’s forecast winter storm. As of 1 p.m. Monday, 45 of the state’s 159 counties were under a state of emergency, though no precipitation had begun. Gov. Nathan Deal toured GDOT’s salt facility Monday afternoon, and in Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed said he had doubled the pre-treatment operation to 60 spreading vehicles, thanks to contracts with private companies.What kind of storm preparation do Georgians want to pay for? That’s what Your GPB News Now correspondent is wondering, as we await another blast… View Article

Transit relic won’t help transportation

This op-ed appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 28, 2014. By Benita Dodd Watching the evolving justification for the Atlanta Streetcar project’s benefits is like watching a shell game. It’s anybody’s guess what reason will turn up next: mobility, congestion relief, economic development, environmental benefits or tourism. Only the naïve would place a bet. Back when it applied for a $47 million federal grant for the streetcar, the city predicted that “automobile trips will be diverted to the safer streetcar mode, which will thereby reduce accidents and increase pedestrian safety because more travelers will be using the streetcar instead of traveling by automobile.” (The application also admitted that more than 57 percent of the people within a quarter-mile of… View Article

Kelly McCutchen Joins GPEE Legislative Preview Panel

Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen discussed Georgia’s public education track record when he joined a Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education panel on Friday, January 10, in Atlanta.  McCutchen joined state legislators Rep. Brooks Coleman and Sen. Lindsey Tippins on GPEE’s 2014 legislative panel which was hosted at Georgia Public Broadcasting.  The panel discussed common core standards and state curriculum, federal and state public education funding, education local SPLOSTs, among several topics.  Watch coverage on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.… View Article

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