Tag: Georgia Public Policy Foundation

By Mike Klein Georgia was already doing nearly as well as or better than other southern states in two categories – prisoner health care real cost dollars and the percentage of max out inmates released without supervision – even before the state began to implement criminal justice reform four years ago, according to two reports from the Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project. An adult inmate health care report published Tuesday analyzed percentage increases and actual dollars spent per adult inmate for all states during the five-year period 2007 through 2011. Pew said the median increase for all states was 10 percent with Georgia at just five percent. California had the greatest percentage increase – 42% – and the… View Article
EVENT REMINDER July 3, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Celebrate Independence Day July Fourth and School Choice July 10 Atlanta – Before you take time off to celebrate this nation’s freedom, liberties and independence on July Fourth, take a moment to reserve your spot to celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day July 10 with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation! This year, the annual event to celebrate the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman is a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at Macon’s Idle Hour Country Club. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ben Scafidi, the state’s foremost education expert, who is a professor of economics and director of the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College &… View Article
By Mike Klein Has Georgia chosen a fast road toward its foster care privatization pilot project when a slower, more deliberate road might produce a better outcome? Is this the tortoise and hare story again? “All of us in state government at one time or another have been given an order to get something done in less time than you need,” says Mark A. Washington. “You work to achieve that but if more time was possible to design it differently or respond differently, I think kids would benefit.” Washington is managing partner of The Washington Group, a Georgia-based consultancy that works in juvenile justice, foster care, managed care and other policy sectors. Washington was Georgia’s state Division of Family and… View Article
By Mike Klein Make no mistake about it, a deeper trench in the Savannah River harbor and channel is a really big deal to ensure that Georgia’s port remains globally competitive, but when you look down the road just a few years there is an even more critical strategic priority: building a completely new port. The proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal would be constructed in South Carolina on land owned by Georgia and it would benefit from the new deeper Savannah River access to the Atlantic Ocean, and the world. “We have stated many times that we need to deepen the harbor here at Savannah, we need to deepen the harbor at Charleston and we need to ultimately build the port… View Article

Friday Facts: June 27, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “The appropriation of public money always is perfectly lovely until some one is asked to pay the bill.” – Calvin Coolidge “[T]hinking that more federal aid will make college affordable is like believing that a dog can catch its tail if it goes faster. One reason colleges charge so much more today is that federal aid makes it easier for students to cover the bill. The more the government does, the less reason students have to demand cost control, and the higher tuition will climb.” – Steve Chapman  “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Events Today: Dinesh D’Souza’s latest movie, “America …… View Article
By Lindsey Burke Erika Hartley has two sons with Autism, which means she can explain in one sentence what being able to customize their education means to her family. “If you’ve met one child with Autism,” she says, “You’ve met one child with Autism.” Fortunately, for her sons, Hunter, 11, and Jackson, 7, they live in Arizona, home to the first-in-the-nation education savings accounts. ESAs enable Hunter and Jackson attend Pieceful Solutions, a school that specializes in teaching children with special needs. The Hartleys can use any money left over after tuition for private tutoring, books, educational therapies and to pay for other education-related services and products. Now, some families in Florida will have access to this innovative approach to… View Article
EVENT INVITATION June 25, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Have You Registered for the Foundation’s July 10 Macon event? Atlanta – Please join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Macon on Thursday, July 10 to celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day, which marks the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman. The Policy Briefing Luncheon takes place at noon at Macon’s Idle Hour Country Club and is keynoted by Georgia’s foremost education expert, Dr. Ben Scafidi, a professor of economics and director of the Economics of Education Policy Center at Georgia College & State University. This event is open to the public; your $30 registration includes lunch. Register online by Tuesday, July 8, at http://bit.ly/1hGJkJX. Dr.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 24, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd My pet peeve when I visit the doctor’s office is waiting. I arrive on time. Then I wait. I don’t touch the magazines – I mean, sick people visit the doctor’s office! I play with the iPad. I text. I attempt to diagnose patients’ ailments and personalities. Most of all, I seethe. I know that if I made the doctor wait for me, I’d lose my place in line and they wouldn’t accommodate me. And if I didn’t turn up at all, they’d charge me for the missed appointment. Making me wait, I feel, is a sign of disrespect and disregard for my time. Is my time not worth money,… View Article
By Mike Klein Georgia has published its foster care privatization pilot project request for proposals and a couple conclusions seem possible: Newcomers to child welfare service need not apply and it seems possible a long time could pass before any final decision about whether to privatize services provided to vulnerable children. The RFP published on a state website indicates initial contracts would be for one year, renewable for another four years, and applicants are required to estimate costs through June 30, 2019. The state will hire at least one but not more than two organizations to manage foster care in two service regions. The so-called “lead agency” will coordinate foster care service with sub-agencies and individual families who provide foster… View Article

Friday Facts: June 20, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note  “[T]he great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachment of the others.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788 “It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final.… View Article

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