Category: Foundation in the News

Foundation in the news: In his April 21, 2013, column in the Marietta Daily Journal, Ron Sifen refers to a recent GPPF commentary on the “road diet” trend http://mdjonline.com/bookmark/22315171: “Should GDOT spend our transportation dollars on streetscapes that may decorate  our environment, but do nothing to improve our mobility? “Even worse, in  their recent “Road Diets” article, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation  demonstrates that some of our transportation dollars are being spent on projects  that actually impede our mobility!” Read more:  The Marietta Daily Journal To read the GPPF commentary, “In Lean Times, Road Diets Leave Slim Pickings for Commuters,” click on this link:  http://www.georgiapolicy.org/in-lean-times-road-diets-leave-slim-pickings-for-commuters/ View Article
This week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, quoted Kelly McCutchen’s response to a study that reported that expanding Medicaid would benefit Georgia’s economy: “McCutchen said low-income Georgians need access to health care, but he pointed out that the state can’t afford its current Medicaid program. ‘You would have a large economic impact if you drop $4 billion out of a helicopter, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do,’ McCutchen said. ‘The issue is what is the best way to address the uninsured in Georgia, and is it sustainable?’”  … View Article

GPB Prime Time Lawmakers: January 16, 2013

Foundation President Kelly McCutchen appeared on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Prime Time Lawmakers on Wednesday, January 16, to participate in a panel discussion on school choice and public charter schools. You can view his remarks here: http://www.gpb.org/prime-time-lawmakers/video/2013/legislative-day-2 View Article
Foundation President Kelly McCutchen is quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Georgia’s hospital “bed tax.” “We think it’s gaming the federal system, and we need to pass something this year that’s going to reduce Medicaid costs,” he said. “We can’t rely on this funding mechanism long-term.” http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/bed-tax-plan-practical-solution-or-cop-out/nTwwr/ View Article
This op-ed appeared in the January 13, 2013 (Sunday edition) of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Kelly McCutchen Not everything is off limits to government in an economic recession. On the contrary, the challenge forces government to explore opportunities for fundamental reforms that improve efficiency and effectiveness in the long run. Below are ideas that, if implemented, could help position Georgia ideally for the future. Build on the bipartisan criminal justice reforms enacted in 2012 by reforming the juvenile justice system and protecting innocent owners and their property rights by reforming Georgia’s civil asset forfeiture law. Improve access to justice for victims of medical negligence with patient-centered tort reform. Georgia’s medical malpractice system works for trial lawyers and insurance companies, not… View Article

Foundation in The News

The Effingham Herald published, “Only leadership will restore America,” a commentary by Foundation President Kelly McCutchen on the aftermath of the presidential elections, on November 8, 2012. “Leadership is not just about ideas and policy,” McCutchen wrote. “It’s about taking the initiative to bring people together for a common goal. This is important: America appears more politically polarized than ever.”… View Article

Competition Can Add Jobs, Cut MARTA Losses

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita M. Dodd on Tuesday, October 30, that proposed MARTA’s deficit be reduced through managed competition, including privatization and outsourcing at the transit agency. Add jobs, cut losses By Benita Dodd The failure of MARTA, the backbone of Atlanta’s public transportation, will devastate the region’s workers and mobility. KPMG’s recent audit warns that on its current course, the transit authority is unsustainable: MARTA must cut $25 million a year. Managed competition, including privatization and outsourcing, is critical. There are two reasons to embrace this approach. First, Harvard professor Stephen Goldsmith, as mayor of Indianapolis, identified government’s role in his “Yellow Pages” test: “If the phone book lists three companies… View Article

“Plan B” in The News

Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured an op-ed by Foundation President Kelly McCutchen as well as an editorial focused on the Foundation’s “Plan B” for transportation in Georgia. The editorial noted: “Drafting a Plan B won’t be easy, but the work must begin, both in the legislature and in town halls across the region. We hope the GPPF’s outline will jumpstart the process.” A link to Kelly McCutchen’s article: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/10/08/openness-ideas-can-get-georgia-rolling/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_forward A link to theAJC editorial: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-forward/2012/10/08/a-first-step-toward-plan-b-solutions/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_forward View Article

In the News

The Foundation’s Benita Dodd writes in an op-ed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of September 17, 2012, that raising the speed limit can be a safe move in the right direction. It’s a safe bet. It’s also planning ahead: “Smart” cars that can automatically keep a safe distance from other vehicles — and can even operate driverless — already promise to be the wave of the future. They increase lane capacity, improve traffic flow, set higher safety benchmarks and avoid human error. Google recently announced that its driverless cars had traveled 300,000 miles without incident.… View Article

In the News

The Columbia County News-Times of Sunday, September 16, published a letter to the editor from Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd in response to the publisher’s column on charter schools: Editor: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation would like to congratulate the schools of the Columbia County school system for what publisher Barry L. Paschal describes as one of the “communities with the best schools” (column, Sept. 12). It’s commendable that your system’s faculty and staff are committed to providing students with an opportunity for academic excellence. Unfortunately, in many of Georgia’s school districts, parents are dissatisfied with the quality of their local school – or it does not meet their child’s needs – yet they have no affordable alternative. A public… View Article

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