Category: Foundation in the News

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

Short Session Shouldn’t Keep Legislators From Reforms

By KELLY McCUTCHEN Their sights may be set on the looming election season and campaigns, but a reluctance to rock the boat is no reason for Georgia legislators to keep 2014’s short legislative session in the doldrums when there are opportunities to move forward on policy in Georgia. With the exception of criminal justice, Georgia has left public policy innovation to states like Florida, Indiana and Louisiana. With income tax, pension and major education funding reforms pushed to 2015, tort reform could be the issue that puts Georgia in the national spotlight. Sen. Brandon Beach’s Patient Injury Act would eliminate medical malpractice litigation. Democrats and Republicans alike acknowledge shortfalls in the current medical malpractice system. For the poor and middle… View Article
An article in The Atlanta Business Chronicle edition of November 22-28, 2013, cites the Foundation’s work on tax reform in 2013. Headlined, “Discussion beginning on Georgia tax changes,” the article quotes Kelly McCutchen, Foundation president, and Christine Ries, Foundation Senior Fellow. http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2013/11/22/discussion-beginning-on-georgia-tax.html Leslie Johnson, Contributing Writer Progress on tax reform legislation in Georgia may not be around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped discussion on the subject and pushes to move forward. One of the issues at the heart of the debate is the state’s income tax. Proponents of lowering or eliminating it say doing so would make a huge difference to Georgia’s economy. Kelly McCutcheon, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, explained to a Georgia… View Article
The Friday, Nov.1,  2013 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on rollbacks in benefits for food stamp recipients, entitled, “No Grandstanding, End the Spending.” http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2013/10/31/why-cut-food-stamps/ By Benita M. Dodd The numbers certainly are a cause for concern. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food stamp program, reached nearly 14 percent of U.S. households in 2012. That’s up from 8.6 percent in 2008, at the height of the economic recession. Today, about 48 million Americans rely on the taxpayer-funded program, to the tune of $78 billion a year. In metro Atlanta, households receiving SNAP benefits have doubled from 7 percent to more than 14 percent; about 60… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Sunday editorial on June 23, 2013, mentioned the Foundation’s proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion: “This spring, the pro-free market Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Kelly McCutchen wrote that public hospitals are required to care for anyone who shows up in their emergency rooms, ‘regardless of their ability to pay. So even if Medicaid did not exist, taxpayers and citizens would be paying for health care for the poor and uninsured.’ McCutchen suggests that a more efficient alternative is to grant state credits to low-income people that would go toward costs of private health insurance. If people didn’t use the credits, the allocated money would then go to safety-net health care providers. “Ideas like these show that states and View Article
Georgia Public Policy Foundation President and CEO Kelly McCutchen wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the June 23, 2013 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in response to an editorial on civil asset forfeiture in Georgia: Innocent parties lose under current laws “Court of public opinion” (Opinion, June 16) highlights the questionable  spending of forfeiture funds but ignores the larger issue: Innocent property owners are losing their property. Your property can be seized in Georgia even if you have not been convicted or even accused of a crime. Even worse, the burden of proof is on y0u — not on the state — to prove your innocence and you must sue to retrieve your property. Questionable spending… View Article
Streetcar costs are climbing, and not just in Atlanta. A reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer sought the Foundation’s analysis of rising costs after a $17.4 million budget gap for that city’s controversial streetcar project was announced — and planners warned it won’t be the last increase. Among the problems in Atlanta’s case, “Nobody had an accurate indication of the underground infrastructure,” said Benita Dodd, vice president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, an Atlanta-based think tank. “Now, there’s a huge battle as to who’s going to pay for that” cost overrun. http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130513/NEWS/305130021 View Article

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice Initiative pushed the problems to the forefront, proposed practical solutions, brought in leaders from other states to share examples, and created this nonpartisan opportunity. (At the signing of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform bill.)

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