Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: February 22, 2019

It’s Friday! Events March 21: “Shining a Light on Government,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast with Richard Belcher of WSB-TV in celebration of Sunshine Week. Thursday, March 21, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. $30. Information and registration here. May 23: Mark your calendar for a Policy Briefing Luncheon with David French of National Review on Thursday, May 23, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. Details to follow. Quotes of note “The national debt is the government’s formal commitment to repay its creditors. But Uncle Sam has many other commitments for future spending that are not on the books, so-called “off-balance-sheet” liabilities. Such liabilities do not show up in standard debt measures. While… View Article
Kyle Wingfield, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, was invited to provide testimony to the Georgia House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on February 20, 2019, regarding architectural ordinances. His prepared testimony is published below.   GEORGIA HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019 KYLE WINGFIELD, PRESIDENT, GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION   To Chairman McCall and members of the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee: Thank you for the invitation to provide testimony today about the issues addressed by House Bill 302. My name is Kyle Wingfield, and I’m the president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) research institute based in Atlanta. The Foundation does not endorse or oppose specific… View Article
Kyle Wingfield, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, accepted an invitation to testify before the Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee on February 19, 2019, regarding health-care waivers as senators considered SB 106.  His prepared testimony is printed in full below; view his presentation to the committee here, starting at the 11:45 mark. GEORGIA SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019 KYLE WINGFIELD, PRESIDENT, GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION Chairman Watson and members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee: Thank you for the invitation and opportunity to provide testimony about healthcare waivers. My name is Kyle Wingfield, and I’m the president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3)… View Article

Case for Incentives Strikes Out

This commentary by John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, appeared in the Carolina Journal’s August 2018 edition. Read it online here. Case for Incentives Strikes Out By John Hood North Carolina politicians and policy analysts have been arguing for decades about targeted economic incentives. I have my own view on the subject, which I’ll share later in this column, but I think it would be helpful first to describe four very different takes on the issue. The central question is whether North Carolina’s state and local governments ought to try to compete with other jurisdictions across the country in offering targeted tax or cash incentives, either to lure new businesses or to entice current employers to stay… View Article

Friday Facts: February 15, 2019

It’s Friday! Events March 21: “Shining a Light on Government,” a Leadership Breakfast with Richard Belcher of WSB-TV in celebration of Sunshine Week on Thursday, March 21, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. $30. Information and registration here. May 23: Mark your calendar for a Policy Briefing Luncheon with David French of National Review on Thursday, May 23, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. Details to follow. Quotes of note “Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch and close scrutiny of its public servants and a fair and reasonable estimate of their fidelity and usefulness. Thus is the people’s will impressed upon the whole framework of our civil polity –  municipal, State, and… View Article
By Kyle Wingfield Bureaucratic arcana from Washington, D.C., hit Georgia’s headlines this week. Governor Brian Kemp announced he will seek federal “waivers” to improve health care in the state. But what exactly is a “waiver”? In short, it’s a way for the state to escape stifling federal regulations and provide Georgians with meaningful access to health care that’s affordable – and tailored to the needs and opportunities found all across Georgia. To understand why this is true, and how it would work, it’s worth learning a bit about waivers. First of all, what’s being “waived” are some of the strings Washington attaches to the money it sends states to help pay for some people’s health care. In theory, having some… View Article

Friday Facts: February 8, 2019

It’s Friday! Honors For the second consecutive year, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been named one of the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The Foundation is just one of three state-based, free-market think tanks ranked in that category in the 2018 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report, compiled annually by the program and published last week. Help keep us there by supporting us financially!  Click here. Quotes of note  “We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” – George Washington (1786) “What once helped to diminish ancient prejudices was the American creed that no one View Article
By Baruch Feigenbaum A recent study, “Access Across America: Transit 2017,” by Andrew Owen and Brendan Murphy of the University of Minnesota, claims that accessibility to jobs by transit increased between 2016 and 2017. The study, which has been conducted for the past three years, has found increasing accessibility to jobs each year. Given declining transit ridership across the country, the study’s results seem surprising. But a closer look at the methodology shows that “accessibility to jobs” has little connection with actual transit ridership. The study estimates accessibility to jobs by transit and walking for each of the United States’ 11 million census blocks in 49 of the 50 largest metro areas (Memphis is excluded due to a… View Article
News Release | For Immediate Release February 7, 2019 Contact: Benita Dodd at benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List Atlanta – For the second consecutive year, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been named one of the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The Foundation joins two sister think tanks in the State Policy Network – the Pacific Research Institute of California and the Texas Public Policy Foundation – as the only three U.S. state free-market think tanks named in the “Best Independent Think Tanks” ranking of the 2018 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report, compiled annually by the program and published last week.   … View Article

Friday Facts: February 1, 2019

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “Oftentimes, it’s not just about keeping the lights on or reducing carbon emissions. It’s about keeping people alive. Right now, out in the Midwest, nuclear power is doing all three.” – David Gattie “The tax-cut package passed by Congress in December 2017 and signed by President Trump has given our economy a sizable boost. Lawmakers would be wise to lock in those gains by making those cuts permanent. For that matter, they should find other ways to reduce taxes on hard-working Americans.” – Edward J. Feulner  Events February 7: The deadline is Tuesday to register for “Romance of the Rails,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Cato Institute… View Article

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