Category: The Forum

Transit’s New Technologies Leaving Planners Behind

By Eric J. Tanenblatt  When it comes to transportation in Atlanta, there are two things on which everyone can agree: Our cash-strapped transit grid is bad, and our traffic is worse.  Here, where one need only cast their gaze skyward to the swoop of cranes fashioning a towering, new skyline of glimmering glass and steel to understand the sea of red that drowns our highways each night, it’s plainly clear that growing pains are at hand – and, with them, worsening road congestion.  Our sprawling city is in desperate need of expanded public transportation. And it’s critical that it be equitable and accessible, because Atlanta will only truly be connected and vibrant when its mass transit system has equal buy-in… View Article

Friday Facts: September 14, 2018

It’s Friday! Events September 21: “Rethinking American Highways,” a Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Bob Poole, director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation. Among Poole’s policy papers that introduced new concepts into the U.S. transportation policy world (some finding a home in Georgia): Public-private toll concessions for highway projects HOT (high-occupancy/toll) lanes HOT/express toll networks Dedicated truck toll lanes Virtual exclusive busways Managed arterials. This event is 11:30 a.m. at the Georgian Club. $50. Register here; a limited number of Poole’s books are available to order at the discounted price of $20.   September 27: Health Connect South 2018 brings more than 400 health leaders to the Georgia Aquarium to talk about “the future” in health,… View Article

Friday Facts: September 7, 2018

It’s Friday! Events We’re at the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum today. Are you? The daylong conference at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel features an exciting lineup of experts on state-focused reforms in criminal justice, health care, education and teacher pensions! Find out more in commentaries here and here or view the agenda here. September 21: “Rethinking American Highways,” a Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Bob Poole, director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation. 11:30 a.m., Georgian Club. $50. Register here; a limited number of Poole’s books are available to order.   September 27: Health Connect South 2018 brings more than 400 health leaders to the Georgia Aquarium to talk about “the future” in health,… View Article

2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum Agenda

PDF Version: Agenda 2018  2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum AGENDA 7:30-8:00  Breakfast Buffet 8:00 Welcome: Kyle Wingfield President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation 8:05 Introduction of Breakfast Keynote Speaker Marissa McCall Dodson, Public Policy Director, Southern Center for Human Rights 8:10-8:50 Breakfast Keynote Judge Steven C. Teske Chief Judge, Juvenile Court, Clayton Judicial Circuit ‘Criminal Justice Reform for a Secure Future’ 9:00-10:35 SESSION I A Responsible Path Forward for Health Care Change is coming slowly at the federal level even as health care costs and premiums continue to rise in the states. Georgia is not among the states that expanded the category of population covered by Medicaid, whose rising costs are unsustainable. Total Medicaid spending in FY 2016 was $574.2… View Article

Friday Facts: August 31, 2018

It’s Friday! REGISTER NOW! One Day. Four issues. Sixteen Experts. And just one week to the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum! The daylong conference at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel on Friday, September 7, features an exciting lineup of experts on state-focused reforms in criminal justice, health care, education and teacher pensions! Registration is open to the public and includes breakfast and lunch. $100. Register here. Find out more in commentaries here and here or view the agenda here.                       Our condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who lost his battle with cancer on August 25. He was the keynote… View Article

The Black Hole of Camden County’s Spaceport

By Jim Renner My friend works hard at a low-paying job. Every week he buys a lottery ticket, even though he knows the odds of winning are miniscule. For him, it’s inexpensive entertainment. But if he spent half his paycheck on lottery tickets, we’d all agree he was crazy for wasting his money chasing an impossible dream. Camden County, Ga., doesn’t understand this logic. The county administrator and commissioners have spent almost $5 million taxpayer dollars pursuing a fantasy with almost zero chance of success. They dream of building a commercial spaceport for small start-up companies to launch rockets over Cumberland Island National Seashore. They make extravagant claims about creating jobs and attracting businesses, and bemoan the children forced to… View Article
By Senator John McCain John McCain (R-Ariz.), died of cancer on August 25, 2018, at age 81.  The senior senator from Arizona was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 15th anniversary celebration on October 9, 2006. These are excerpts from his speech. These are challenging days. Elections approaching. My party has a tough fight on its hands. Part of the reasons are the difficulties of war, and America’s waning patience with it. Partly, it is just a typical cyclical challenge for the party in power, the sixth year of a presidency. But a part of it is our own fault. And we must not only remind the voters of what we have done to deserve their support,… View Article

Friday Facts: August 24, 2018

It’s Friday! September 7: The 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is a daylong conference at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel on Friday, September 7, featuring an exciting lineup of experts on state-focused reforms in health care, education and pensions! Registration is open to the public and includes breakfast and lunch. $100. Register here. Find out more in commentaries here and here or view the agenda here. September 21: “Rethinking American Highways,” a Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Bob Poole, director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation. 11:30 a.m., Georgian Club. $50. Books available for pre-order. Register here.   Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of View Article
By Benita M. Dodd When Site Selection magazine interviewed Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after the state’s fifth consecutive annual win as Top Business Climate in 2017, a major topic was workforce qualification. “Our graduation rates have come up considerably, but is graduating from high school sufficient to get you a job?” asked Deal. He answered his own question: “By and large it is not sufficient. More and more you need some educational skill level beyond high school.” Not every high school graduate is destined for a college degree; not every student graduates high school with ease. Still, every young Georgian deserves the opportunity to become a productive citizen. School choice can help families make responsible decisions to meet their student’s… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Four issues; four times as many experts. In a nutshell, that’s the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 7 in Atlanta. Hosted since 2010 by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, the daylong Forum is described as the “opening act” to Georgia’s legislative session and is modeled after the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (bigger) Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature. This year’s theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Responsibility,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” Criminal justice reform was an integral part of the inaugural Forum in 2010, and it became the prelude to Georgia’s landmark reforms. The Foundation brought in the Texas experts who were the trailblazers; today, Georgia is a national leader among… View Article

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