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Above All, Do No Digital Harm

John Graham of the National Center for Policy Analysis writes a column in Forbes warning against congressional overreach as telemedicine moves forward across the nation. The article is printed below; the Forbes link is here. First, Do No Digital Harm: Regulating Telemedicine By John Graham Telemedicine, whereby physicians use email, phone, text, or video for prescribing and consultations, is growing rapidly. Seeking to encourage faster uptake of telemedicine, many well-intentioned parties are prodding Congress to take actions which will likely have harmful unintended consequences. So far, Congress has done well. With respect to regulating actual devices, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by the House in 2015 with overwhelming bipartisan support, is forward thinking. If passed into law,… View Article
As reported in Creative Loafing, the city of Atlanta is considering new measures designed to keep people out of jail who might be better served with a targeted response to the reason for their offense.  This proposed measure is among many being considered within the state of Georgia and even nationally in the criminal justice reform movement, which seeks to curb high incarceration and recidivism rates with more intelligent and cost-saving strategies.… View Article
On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation joined the American Legislative Exchange Council and 20 other free-market public policy organizations in a letter to U.S. Senate Democrats after internal emails revealed that 19 U.S. Senate Democrats planned a coordinated attack to intimidate and silence conservative and free market groups. The letter is reprinted below. [Download the Coalition Letter Here] July 12, 2016 To: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Senator Al Franken (D-MN) Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Senator Brian… View Article

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Georgia Spending

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Thursday, June 30, 2016 quoted Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen extensively in a front-page article on Georgia’s state budget and spending. The article is reprinted in full below; access it online at the newspaper’s website here. Georgia’s record budget still lags population growth, inflation By James Salzer and Isaac Sabetai A record state budget of $23.7 billion goes into effect Friday, bringing pay raises for thousands of teachers and an expansive road and bridge construction program. On the surface, it is seen as yet another sign that a state that once struggled to keep schools open 180 days a year has left the Great Recession in its rear-view mirror. But an Atlanta Journal-Constitution… View Article
Georgia Public Policy Foundation President and CEO Kelly McCutchen is one of nearly 50 leaders of organizations across the nation who signed a letter in support of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and opposing an attorney general’s subpoena that sought CEI’s communication on climate change. The letter is below. June 1, 2016 Kent Lassman President Competitive Enterprise Institute 1899 L Street, NW 12th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 Dear Kent, On behalf of the undersigned groups, and the millions of Americans we represent, we write to you today to show our support for the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).  Last month, CEI received a subpoena from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General (AG) Claude Walker. AG Walker is part of a group called “AG’s… View Article
Benita Dodd wrote a commentary for ZPolitics that was published on March 23, 2016, the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. The article is published in its entirety below; read it online at http://zpolitics.com/six-reasons/. ObamaCare Turns 6 Today. Here are six reasons it why it needs to go.     By Benita Dodd Today (March 23) marks the sixth anniversary of passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that was implemented in 2014. In Georgia, there’s no end in sight to ObamaCare opposition. It’s fortunate. Georgia is among 27 states that left ObamaCare to the federally managed health care exchange, www.healthcare.gov.  About half the state-managed exchanges are struggling financially. Georgia is also among 20 states that chose not to View Article

2016 Legislative Session: Bills We Are Following

(Updated March 23 at 9:36 am)   Criminal Justice SB 367 – A broad criminal justice reform package including youth diversion programs, community supervision and increased eligibility for parole for certain drug offenders. (Passed Senate 53-0, Passed House 166-1http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/SB/367 HB  832 – Would require criminal proceedings to be completed prior to civil asset forfeiture. (No actionhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/832 Education SB 92 – Would create a universal Education Savings Accounts. Five states have authorized ESAs. (No actionhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/SB/92 HB 848 – Blue Star Family Scholarship Program would provide scholarships for children of military service members to attend a private  school. (No actionhttp://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/848 HB 865 – Would create a tuition tax credit scholarship… View Article

CPA, Readers Hail Georgia Tax Reform Plan

The Foundation has received numerous compliments after Kelly McCutchen’s March 18 commentary about the state tax reform legislation that passed the Senate March 16. One comment came from CPA Jeff Kellar: With Florida and Tennessee not having an individual income tax, and Alabama’s rate of 5 percent, Georgia should continue to move in a more competitive direction.  One additional measure the state could employ to assist and encourage small business, would be to eliminate the Net Worth Tax on small business corporations. (Tennessee imposes a “Hall” tax on certain interest and dividend income). Georgia’s legislation, HB 238, would in fact eliminate the Net Worth Tax.   Kellar,  a member of the tax leadership team at Ronald Blue & Co. CPAs… View Article
As Georgia legislators consider tax reform legislation, consider what happened in Kansas.  Writing in Investor’s Business Daily on February 1, 2016, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore note, in particular, “sales tax revenues appear to be the prime culprit of revenue shortfall—hardly something caused by an income tax cut.” The article is printed below; access it online here (subscription required): http://www.investors.com/politics/brain-trust/laffer-and-moore-sweet-supply-side-revenge-for-tax-cutters-in-kansas/. By Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore Few states have swirled in more controversy over its tax and budget policies of late as much as Kansas. Liberals have denounced the state’s tax cutting and free market reforms as a debacle that all states should avoid repeating. But we’ve been involved with the Kansas fiscal reforms from the start and… View Article
In an excellent op-ed, Eric Tanenblatt writes in the March 4-10 edition of The Atlanta Business Chronicle on how government and elected officials stifle and resist innovation “by protecting a legacy structure.” The former chief of staff to Gov. Sonny Perdue who served in the administrations of both Presidents Bush cites as examples the initial reaction to Amazon and responses to Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Tesla and personal lender LendingClub.  (Georgia also saw this in the uphill battle faced by craft breweries and distilleries trying to sell their wares.) “Government’s inclination to snuff out innovation when it threatens incumbents is a cancer on our body politic that must be excised,” Tanenblatt writes. “The new sharing economy, an expansive market built on… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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