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Friday Facts: July 10, 2020

It’s Friday! Eight Sessions. Eight Think Tanks. One Venue. No Charge. Have you registered? The 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum begins Wednesday, July 15, on Zoom with the opening keynote, “An Education Conversation,” with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education. Because of COVID-19, the event that has been held since 2010 as an in-person, daylong forum has been changed to an eight-week online series. There is no charge, but participants must have authenticated Zoom accounts. Read more here; register here. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: July 3, 2020

It’s Friday! Friday Facts is coming to you a day early to beat the holiday rush! Have you registered yet for the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum? The Forum, hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation since 2010, takes place as a series of weekly Zoom webinar events beginning July 15. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” This year, the Forum comprises eight sessions, including two keynote sessions. The topics: Education; The Budget; Land Use and Transportation; The Economy; Housing; and … Continue Reading →

Foundation Praises Supreme Court Ruling For Education Choice

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release June 30, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Praises Supreme Court Ruling For Education Choice Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrated today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Montana violated the U.S. Constitution by excluding religious schools from the state’s tax credit scholarship program that enabled students to attend private schools. Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, called the ruling “a validation of the right of parents to choose the best education option for their children.” “This landmark … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 26, 2020

It’s Friday! Registration for the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is now open! Amid the COVID-19 uncertainty, the Foundation canceled plans for an in-person event and scheduled the Forum as a series of weekly Zoom webinar events beginning July 15. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” This year, the Forum comprises eight sessions, including two keynote sessions. The topics: Education; The Budget; Land Use and Transportation; The Economy; Housing; and Healthcare. Sign up for the opening keynote session, “An Education Conversation,” … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 19, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 14 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have both condemned Certificate of Need laws, concluding they “impede the efficient performance of the health care markets … create barriers to entry and expansion to the detriment of health care competition and consumers … undercut consumer choice, stifle innovation, … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 12, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 13 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia, and the last day of the public health state of emergency declared by Gov. Brian Kemp. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The shift to dispersed work …  opens up unique opportunities for parts of the country that have not enjoyed the benefits of tech growth. With two out of three tech workers now willing to leave … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 5, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 12 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” – Booker T. Washington “When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” – George Washington “The principle means of supporting … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: May 29, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 11 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. While the roads across the state have been a little less traveled, the Georgia Department of Transportation has put its overhead signs to good use during the pandemic. Quotes of Note “It is rather tiring having to point this out as often as we do, but it remains the case that people … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: May 22, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 10 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can … Continue Reading →

Recent Foundation Publications

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 2020 publications are listed below by date of publication. Click on a link to read. Sign up here to be added to the Foundation’s media mailing list and receive news releases, commentaries and event updates and invitations. October 21: Do You Know What’s on Your Georgia Ballot? by Kyle Wingfield. These ballot questions usually don’t spawn millions of dollars in TV ads about what’s at stake. And the questions themselves often seem written intentionally vaguely. October 16:  For Millions, Healthcare Waivers Offer Hope, by Kyle … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: May 15, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 9 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “Families vary in why they want to send their children to different schools, and assuming a specific reason, such as getting higher test scores, and then concluding a program has succeeded or failed based on that reason condemns a program even if it is providing what it should: a … Continue Reading →

Foundation Joins Plea for Georgia to allow Online Vision Care

Dear Governor Kemp, We the undersigned organizations, representing a variety of constituencies, urge you to suspend your state’s prohibition on ocular telehealth services during this time of crisis. Patients, underserved communities and taxpayers would all benefit from your timely action. Georgia, along with the rest of the country, is facing a pandemic that has dramatically affected the ways Georgians live and work. Leaders such as yourself have been quick to act—and we applaud your executive orders allowing flexibility in the ways that Georgians can receive healthcare services. These measures help … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: May 8, 2020

It’s Friday! This is the eighth Friday Facts edition to focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The kind of city that we in the West like, the sort of jostling city where everybody is packed together and we carouse late at night … like London, Paris, Sydney and San Francisco, are all far more vulnerable. The cities are going to have to reinvent themselves, and … Continue Reading →

On COVID-19, Don’t Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good

This commentary by Dr. Gary Voccio, Director of Public Health for Northwest Georgia, was published May 3 in Hometown Headlines of Greater Rome and is excerpted with permission. By Dr. Gary Voccio Are we ready to open up? Doesn’t matter. We’re going to; we can’t exist otherwise. The real question is how we reopen in a way that gives us our best chance to stay open. If we do it wrong, the pandemic will speed up again, our hospitals will get overrun again, and we’ll need to go into lockdown … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: May 1, 2020

It’s Friday! This is the seventh Friday Facts edition to focus on the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation and Georgia. (View previous editions here.) View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The main barriers to maintaining usual care by telemedicine require changes that are unlikely to come from the federal level. Commercial reimbursement, Medicaid reimbursement and credentialing are the states’ domain. Only 20% of states require payment parity between telemedicine and in-person services. Fortunately, both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: April 24, 2020

It’s Friday! This is the sixth Friday Facts edition to focus on the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation and Georgia. (View previous editions here.) View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “Since the coronavirus pandemic began, this nation has hemorrhaged jobs, largely in the private sector. … [M]aybe it’s time to downsize government employment at every level, especially at the state and local levels where it increased from 6.4 million workers in 1960 to 19.5 million workers by 2017. Such numbers make a mockery of the idea that America … Continue Reading →

News Release: Study Finds Georgia’s Proposed Pension Reforms Fall Short

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release April 21, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Study Finds Georgia’s Proposed Pension Reforms Fall Short Even before COVID-19, a problem existed Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Reason Foundation released an Issue Analysis today that examines recent legislation intended to address the out-of-control costs in the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia. “Proposed Reforms to Georgia’s Teacher Pension System Missed the Mark,” the Issue Analysis by Reason Foundation’s Jen Sidorova and Len Gilroy – who is also a Senior Fellow with the Georgia Public … Continue Reading →

Foundation President Kyle Wingfield Welcomes Kemp Plan to Reopen Georgia Businesses

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release April 20, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation President Welcomes Kemp Plan to Reopen Georgia Businesses Atlanta – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement today that some businesses closed because of COVID-19 will be allowed to begin reopening on Friday, April 24, (with appropriate precautions) was welcomed as a timely first step by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. The broader public health state of emergency Kemp declared statewide will continue through May 13. “The strictest measures on Georgians always had to … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: April 17, 2020

It’s Friday! This is the fifth Friday Facts edition to focus on the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation and Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note The quote below, from an op-ed by the president and the chairman of the Cato Institute, appeared Thursday in The Wall Street Journal. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is also privately funded, and we couldn’t have said it better.  We wouldn’t criticize others for taking aid. In our communities and … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: April 10, 2020

It’s Friday! We’re sending out this week’s Friday Facts one day early, in acknowledgment of the Easter Holiday Weekend beginning tomorrow with Good Friday. This is the fourth Friday Facts edition to focus on the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation and Georgia. (View previous editions here: March 20 here, March 27 here and April 3 here.) View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling … Continue Reading →