Tag: Georgia public policy

  By Benita M. Dodd Remember the notorious spotted owl? Listed in 1990 on the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Northern Spotted Owl tied up timber-rich areas in knots as these 1-pound wood owls took precedence in management decisions. Despite the federal intervention, spotted owls have declined 40 percent over 25 years, jobs and timber sales dropped precipitously and, as a consequence, so did the tax proceeds from timber harvests in the Pacific Northwest. But Nature once again won’t be allowed to take its course. Now, according to Teresa Platts of the Property and Environment Research Council, the feds have their eye on another owl – the barred owl.  They’re moving forward with a million-dollar-a-year plan to shoot 9,000 View Article
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of May 12, 2013, political columnist Jim Galloway addressed the growing controversy over the Common Core Standards. His article hinted at one possible solution to the problem, pointing out that Scott Johnson, a newly appointed member of the state school board, has asked the Georgia Public Policy Foundation “to examine Common Core this summer and separate truth from fantasy.” “I want an honest broker to look at this thing,” Johnson said. “I’d be satisfied with that.” Read more: http://tinyurl.com/cnlpu4c. View Article
Louisiana Court Rejects Funding Formula; Texas Lawmakers Reject Choice By Mike Klein This week’s Louisiana Supreme Court opinion that struck down a school choice funding formula finds the usual suspects who want to prevent families from using their tax-paid dollars to send their children to the schools of their choice.  As we saw in Georgia, people who stand in opposition to expanded school choice believe the money belongs to them, which is a big brother knows best mentality. Some Louisiana background:  The state was in education chaos before Hurricane Katrina swept through eight years ago.  The unanticipated blessing from that life changing hurricane was that it gave the state, communities and families an opportunity to rebuild horrible school systems, notably… View Article
Launched in March 2013, the Student Outreach Scholarship (SOS) Program is a fund established to cover the charge* for eligible students to attend Foundation events to which they otherwise would not be exposed. The program targets students who have the ability to make a difference in their circle of influence but would under ordinary circumstances not hear the messages delivered by renowned speakers from around the nation who advocate free-market approaches, limited government, individual responsibility and accountability and a spirit of entrepreneurship; in short, this nation’s Founding principles. Supporters of free markets and individual responsibility are losing students to liberal college professors and the ideas of nanny government. And that is eroding the chances of getting America back to what… View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 7, 2013

  Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  Getting to the root of the problem: What do gray hairs and vitiligo have in common? They both can be cured by the same medication, according to a new study! First, a mini science lesson: Gray hair is the result of oxidative stress that causes hydrogen peroxide to accumulate in the hair follicle. One of the hallmarks of vitiligo – growing white patches on the skin due to a loss of pigment – is elevated hydrogen peroxide levels in the skin and blood. Basically, both the hair strand and the skin essentially bleach themselves, from the inside out. Researchers were treating patients with vitiligo using a topical complex… View Article
By Mike Klein This idea is almost too obvious:  Fix families and you might alleviate pressure on overburdened state justice systems as there might be fewer folks showing up in juvenile and adult criminal courts.  This week the Campaign for Youth and Justice echoed that idea in a new report that states: “Given the history of the juvenile justice system, which has historically kept families at arm’s length, coupled with organizational and fiscal challenges facing agencies today, it is not surprising that many justice systems are struggling to meet the needs of families.” The Family Comes First executive summary further states that despite legitimate efforts to improve outcomes, “what has been missing is a vision of what a transformed justice… View Article

EPA, Asthma and Mission Creep

By Benita M. Dodd   The federal Environmental Protection Agency is marking Asthma Awareness Month with its usual hooplah about how “cleaner air” will reduce asthma attacks and is honoring “leading asthma management programs for their efforts to improve the lives of people with asthma in underserved communities.” It’s true that asthma numbers are increasing. And that may once have been caused by outdoor air quality problems. But if the air quality was the issue, don’t you think that by now there would be fewer, not MORE people with asthma? After all, it’s the EPA that reports how air quality has improved over the decades. And yet … this is in the EPA’s press release today: “Today one out… View Article
Published May 3, 2013 By Mike Klein One of the primary architects of the special council recommendations that became the basis for this year’s juvenile justice reform legislation says the primary reason that thousands of juveniles enter the legal system each year is because they come from dysfunctional families. “Most of the kids we’re seeing today in most courts are kids in which we have broken families, most of them have single parents, most of those are mothers and there are poor or very weak problem solving skills, not just among the young people but also their parents,” Clayton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steven Teske told the Georgia Public Policy Foundation this week. Last year Governor Nathan Deal added… View Article
Published May 1, 2013 By Mike Klein Georgia’s next justice reform priorities will start with expanded digital learning in juvenile sectors and increased focus on transitioning paroled adult inmates back into society with more than a few bucks and a bus ticket.  Governor Nathan Deal discussed these priorities during an Atlanta speech on Tuesday, two days before he is scheduled to sign juvenile justice reform legislation. Deal said the state will partner with Provost Academy Georgia to provide digital learning resources to juveniles, starting with some 140 who participate in the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge programs at Fort Gordon near Augusta and Fort Stewart in Hinesville. “These are young men and women who are on the verge of being… View Article
Columnist Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in his May 2, 2013, column on a regional approach to transportation: “[T]he state could change the law to allow individual counties to use a different special local-option sales tax, for instance the E-SPLOST, for multiple purposes including transportation. As the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has reported, Georgia ranks eighth nationally in k-12 infrastructure spending and 22nd for all infrastructure — but just 41st in transportation infrastructure. It just might be time for counties to re-prioritize their existing spending, which could include working jointly with other counties on road or transit projects.” http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/kyle-wingfield/2013/may/02/people-are-thinking-more-local-less-centralized/ View Article

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice Initiative pushed the problems to the forefront, proposed practical solutions, brought in leaders from other states to share examples, and created this nonpartisan opportunity. (At the signing of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform bill.)

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