Category: Foundation in the News

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of May 12, 2013, political columnist Jim Galloway addressed the growing controversy over the Common Core Standards. His article hinted at one possible solution to the problem, pointing out that Scott Johnson, a newly appointed member of the state school board, has asked the Georgia Public Policy Foundation “to examine Common Core this summer and separate truth from fantasy.” “I want an honest broker to look at this thing,” Johnson said. “I’d be satisfied with that.” Read more: http://tinyurl.com/cnlpu4c. View Article
Columnist Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in his May 2, 2013, column on a regional approach to transportation: “[T]he state could change the law to allow individual counties to use a different special local-option sales tax, for instance the E-SPLOST, for multiple purposes including transportation. As the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has reported, Georgia ranks eighth nationally in k-12 infrastructure spending and 22nd for all infrastructure — but just 41st in transportation infrastructure. It just might be time for counties to re-prioritize their existing spending, which could include working jointly with other counties on road or transit projects.” http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/kyle-wingfield/2013/may/02/people-are-thinking-more-local-less-centralized/ View Article
Foundation in The News: The Rome News-Tribune cited Foundation President Kelly McCutchen in an article in which Dr. Ben Carson proposed ending property taxes and replacing them with a statewide tax: His suggestion to replace local property taxes with state funding isn’t so easy to do, according to Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. It would mean raising state taxes equal to double the current income tax. Even then, the idea could backfire. Much of the difference comes from the amount  local districts choose to add to what the state already funds, and even under  Carson’s proposal, the local supplements could create regional differences,  McCutchen said. Spending per pupil in public schools in Georgia counties ranges  from… View Article

Student Outreach Scholarship Program Announcement

This week the Georgia Public Policy Foundation formally announced its new Student Outreach Scholarship Program that will enable university students to network with leading conservative policy makers at no charge to the students or to their schools.  Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd unveiled the scholarship program at our April 23 telemedicine leadership event. “It’s called the S.O.S. program because we need to start Saving Our Students,” Dodd said.  “We have liberal academia out there who are seizing the moment and we are lagging so what we decided to do is sponsor at least a table of students at every event.” Half a dozen Georgia Institute of Technology students were on-hand Tuesday morning to hear state public commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald… View Article
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

When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn’t changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!

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