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MEDIA ADVISORY   December 7, 2012   Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Atlanta – Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, national transportation expert Robert W. Poole will keynote, “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” a January 24, 2013, Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole is director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at Reason Foundation, which he co-founded. An MIT-trained engineer, Poole has advised the Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton the George W. Bush administrations. He will provide an update on the outlook for transportation policy, funding and policy amid fiscal constraints and partisan politics, and describe… 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

“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
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, September 20, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Georgia think tank ready with ideas for freight, funding and congestion relief Atlanta The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will unveil, “Getting Georgia Moving: Plan B for Transportation,” on Friday, September 21, at 3 p.m. during the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th Street). The Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI) and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation are joint hosts of the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. In addition to the transportation proposals, the daylong event will feature national experts and policy leaders spotlighting health care reform, options in education and the innovation economy.… 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
The Washington Post reports that charter schools in the nation’s capital are being treated poorly despite their popularity and track recored of student achievement: While the District pours billions into rebuilding a city system that has more classroom space than it needs, parents are increasingly opting for charter schools. If trends continue, charter enrollment will surpass the traditional public school population before the end of the decade. Yet even as charters soar in popularity, D.C. officials have often relegated these schools to second-class status, maintaining funding policies and practices that bypass charters and steer extra money to the traditional city school system. Highlights: Of Washington’s 76,753 students, 31,562 (or 41 percent) are enrolled in charter schools. Charter schools posted… View Article

Caps on Damages Won’t Reduce Defensive Medicine

The recent health care debate has completely ignored one of the major health care cost drivers: defensive medicine. Writing in The Hill, Dr. Jeff Segal states why the Affordable Care Act will do little to reduce healthcare spending: One reason, according to Gallup, is that one in four healthcare dollars in America is spent on defensive medicine. Defensive medicine occurs when doctors order more tests and procedures — such as CT scans, blood work and biopsies — than are medically necessary to keep from being sued. This costs consumers as much as $650 billion annually. In Texas, 79 percent of physicians said they practice defensive medicine compared to 81 percent in all states. This despite comprehensive legal reform adopted… View Article

National PTA Supports Georgia Charter Policy

The National Parent Teacher Association has revamped its policy to make it clear that it supports giving entities other than local school boards the right to approve charter schools, according to Education Week.  The article points out that this position conflicts with the Georgia PTA’s position, but “Georgia PTA  officials declined to comment on their apparent break with the National PTA on the issue. ” National PTA President Betsy Landers called their attention to the deletion, and said her organization wanted to ensure that its support “extends to all authorizing bodies and public charter schools,” as long as they are held to high standards. Ms. Landers noted that almost 50 percent of public charter schools in operation today are… View Article

Facts on Energy

The National Center for Policy Analysis reports: The Institute of Energy Research recently published Hard Factsan energy primer that seeks to correct myths that shroud current debate surrounding energy. Domestically, the United States has enough of fossil fuels to last for centuries. In 2011, the United States produced 23 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, making it the world’s top producer. In the same year, the United States produced 5.67 million barrels of oil per day, becoming a third largest oil producer. Proved worldwide reserves of conventional oil doubled from 642 billion barrels in 1980 to 1.3 trillion barrels in 2009. The United States has 261 billion tons of coal in proved reserves, making it the most in… View Article

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