Civil Forfeiture Reform Bill Moves Ahead With Key Amendments

The House Judiciary committee will conduct its first and likely only hearing on civil forfeiture reform Thursday afternoon with passage of HB 1 widely anticipated. Several amendments passed in a subcommittee hearing Wednesday afternoon. By Mike Klein

Joel Kotkin: America’s Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The stock market is high, real estate prices have resurged, even the unemployment rate is dropping, yet Americans still feel pretty down about the future. Joel Kotkin, executive editor of NewGeography.Com, identifies five key reasons that Americans should feel encouraged and not discouraged about our future.

Prosecutors Propose Civil Forfeiture Reform Amendments

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Are Sheriffs Suddenly Alone in Opposition to Civil Forfeiture Reform?

Given a chance to influence the civil forfeiture reform debate, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association declined to appear at a House hearing, preferring instead to send a letter stating opposition to changes the Association said “will not serve to protect or benefit the citizens of our State.” The vice chairman of the committee that held the hearing referred to the letter as “playing games.” By Mike Klein

Target Stores to End Coverage for Part-timers

If you like your plan: Target has announced that it is ending health care insurance for its part-time workers on April 1 – the day after open enrollment for 2014 closes under the Affordable Care Act. The company joins Trader Joe’s Co., Home Depot Inc. and other U.S. retailers that have scaled back benefits in response to changes from Obamacare. s health plans now, according to a posting yesterday on the Minneapolis-based company’s Web site. Target is the second-largest U.S. discount retailer by sales and had about 361,000 total employees … Continue Reading →

10 Critical Issues Facing Education

“After the past few years of increased accountability, budget cuts, arguments and infighting, 2014 will be a different year for all of us … and I hope for the positive,” writes Peter DeWitt in Education Week. “In education there are some very large issues that we have to contend with, and they are not all about accountability and mandates.” His Top 10 Critical Issues are, “the barriers that get in the way, or the important elements that we need to focus on in order to move forward and offer better opportunities … Continue Reading →

Foundation Celebrates as National School Choice Week Enters its Fourth Year with 5,500 Events

By Sherri Ackerman (January 20, 2014) In just four short years, National School Choice Week has mushroomed nationwide from 150 events in 2010 to 5,500 at last count this year, with much of the growth attributed to a positive message and a powerful way of delivering it. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation holds its annual School Choice Week celebration, a Leadership Breakfast, on Tuesday, January 28 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The event is open to the public; find out more at http://tinyurl.com/ovkzx7g. “We don’t want to tell anyone that one choice is better … Continue Reading →

Register for Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

EVENT REMINDER October 1, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Countdown to 4th Annual Ga. Legislative Policy Forum! Atlanta – In just 10 days, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute will host the fourth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, a daylong event on Friday, October 11 that will bring national and state policy experts to the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel to discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lma9kpt to register to attend the event. The only forum of its kind in … Continue Reading →

Foundation, Google Host Event: ‘Georgia’s Digital Economy’

The Foundation and Google co-host “Georgia’s Digital Economy,” a half-day conference on Monday, September 16.

3 Upcoming Foundation Events Focus on Education

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT May 16, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Education, Education, Education: 3 Upcoming Foundation Events! Atlanta – The world is changing fast, but we seem to be standing still when it comes to educating our children. How do we personalize the learning experience? How do we enhance academic performance? Is the solution more money, more teachers or smaller class sizes? Will technology replace the teacher? The questions are numerous. To help answer them, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has scheduled a trifecta of … Continue Reading →

About The Georgia Public Policy Foundation Student Outreach Scholarship (SOS) Program

Launched in March 2013, the Student Outreach Scholarship (SOS) Program is a fund established to cover the charge* for eligible students to attend Foundation events to which they otherwise would not be exposed.

May 23 Event Tackles, ‘The Future of Education’

Find out what’s wrong, what’s right and what to do with the three Rs from education entrepreneur Sajan George, founder and CEO of Matchbook Learning, at, “The Future of Education,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.

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. Learn how you can become involved in this Foundation announcement.

Are Fingerprint Checks on Horizon for ALL Daycare Workers?

Thousands of daycare workers now employed statewide would be required to undergo federal fingerprint background checks under legislation introduced in the House. Not all at once, mind you, as there would be a phase-in period but eventually, there would be a more complete picture about the felony criminal histories of day care workers, including possible abuse histories. Read this article by Foundation Editor Mike Klein.

Leadership Breakfast with Cato’s Randal O’Toole: ‘American Dream, American Nightmare

Register for “American Dream, American Nightmare,” with Cato’s Randal O’Toole

Atlanta – Did you know that Georgia had the nation’s fourth-highest foreclosure rate in 2012? There were 105,610 foreclosure filings last year, or one for every 39 homes.

Who’s to blame? Greedy bankers? Corrupt politicians? Ignorant homeowners?

How the South Will Rise to Power Again

The common media view of the South is as a regressive region, full of overweight, prejudiced, exploited and under-educated numb skulls . This meme was perfectly captured in this Bill Maher-commissioned video from Alexandra Pelosi, the New York-based daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But the South has already begun to rise again and there are abundant reasons why, as explained in great detail by Joel Kotkin, Executive Editor of NewGeorgraphy.Com which studies U.S. domestic and international economic trends.

National Transportation Expert Robert Poole
Keynotes Foundation’s first event of 2013

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, … Continue Reading →

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.”

“Plan B” in The News

Kelly McCutchen’s op-ed and an editorial focused on transportation policy in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Sunday, October 7.

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.