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By Morgan Worthy Davis Guggenheim begins his movie with an admission of his own guilt. The liberal filmmaker best known for his collaboration with Al Gore on “An Inconvenient Truth” notes that he drives by three crumbling public schools on the way to drop his kids off at private school. The families depicted in his 2010 documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” and many like them, cannot afford a private alternative to their failing neighborhood schools. The unlikely advocate for free market-based education reform goes on to make the case for the many policies traditionally part of conservatives’ education reform initiatives: school choice, high achievement expectations, increased teacher accountability, weaker teachers’ unions and merit pay, to name a few. While these policy… View Article

Friday Facts: July 12, 2019

It’s Friday!  Events August 27: “Election Integrity: Facts, Fraud and Fiction,” is the Foundation’s August noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Georgian Club. The speaker is Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. $35. Register here. September 26: Mark your calendar for “Higher Ed Happy Hour,” a discussion on student loans and debt at No Mas Cantina in Atlanta, with keynote speaker Jenna Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. Details to follow. November 15:  Early Bird registration is open for the 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, November 15, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Mobility,” a play on Georgia’s motto: “Wisdom,… View Article

The Broken Record of ‘Record’ Highs

By Harold Brown The dog days of summer are upon us and, with them, the stoked-up fears of global warming and the extremes that predicted: higher temperatures, more tropical storms, more hotter days, more heatstroke, more air pollution, and so on. More often than not, however, the trend in extremes is the opposite of the narrative. This is especially true for high temperatures. Extreme temperatures are recorded and expressed in a number of ways, including yearly, monthly and daily highs, as well as all-time records. The number of days exceeding such limits as 90, 95 or 100 degrees are also counted and considered a measure of warming. Extreme temperatures are reported for individual monitoring stations, regions, states and the nation.… View Article

Laws Taking Effect July 1, 2019

Summary of laws taking effect July 1, 2019 By Morgan Worthy and Jared Cooper Economic Development H.B. 242 (Effective May 6, 2019) Expands the powers of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy to regulate the educational programs and practice of massage therapy. H.B. 315 Requires consultants entering into contracts with local governments to disclose any conflict of interest. H.B. 373 (Effective May 6, 2019) Authorizes the Commissioner of Labor to obtain fingerprint-based criminal background checks of employees or applicants with direct access to federal returns and allows the GBI and FBI to retain records of fingerprints and applicants’ backgrounds. ) H.B. 493 Requires local governments to post the fees and requirements for development/ building permits. Stipulates that the applicant can… View Article

Friday Facts: June 21, 2019

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note  “Men between the ages of 25 and 54 make up over 70 percent of the federal prison population, meaning those people are taken out of the workforce in their prime earning years right off the bat. This effect does not end at release. … A record of a felony conviction reduces the likelihood of an employer calling the applicant back by about 50 percent.” – Wharton Public Policy Initiative “The real problem with industrial policy, economic development strategy, central planning or whatever you want to call these interventions is that government officials are inescapably plagued by ignorance of localized knowledge. Government officials cannot outperform the wisdom of the market at picking winners.” – Veronique de View Article
On May 28, 2018, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation published a study examining the potential benefits for Georgia of 1332 healthcare waivers under the Affordable Care Act. This study, Healthcare Innovations in Georgia: Two Recommendations, was conducted by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) in conjunction with Wilson Partners. The Foundation published the report in the interests of furthering public discussion. It proposes one way Georgia might use a 1332 waiver to lower the cost of healthcare, empower more Georgians to purchase private insurance, restore the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship, and ultimately blaze a trail for other states to follow. The study can be accessed here. The AEG report recommends Georgia adopt two policy innovations: A reinsurance program that would… View Article
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2019 Contact: Benita Dodd, Georgia Public Policy Foundation benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org | (404) 256-4050  Foundation Releases Study on Healthcare Waivers for Georgia Researchers Find 1332 Waivers Improve Access, Affordability Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has long advocated for market-oriented solutions to Georgia’s healthcare challenges. As one way of accomplishing this goal, the Foundation supports the use of a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Georgia General Assembly has authorized Gov. Brian Kemp to use this tool to pursue more flexibility in how Georgia administers certain aspects of the ACA. The Foundation has been provided with a report by Anderson Economic Group (AEG), in conjunction with Wilson Partners,… View Article

Managed Lanes, The Untolled Story

By Ron Sifen As schools wind down and summer travel begins, commuters are thrilled to see weekday traffic improve on metro Atlanta streets and interstates. What many north metro motorists have begun to notice over the past year, however, is the overall, incremental improvement in their weekday commutes. How is that happening? According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, since the opening of the reversible express toll lanes alongside I-75 and I- 575 north of I-285, enough commuters are choosing to pay the tolls that it’s making an enormous difference to traffic flow in the general-purpose lanes. The improvement is reflected in the data. The department compared the average traffic performance from January to February 2018 – before the toll… View Article

Friday Facts: May 24, 2019

It’s Friday!  Mark your calendar! The 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum will take place on Friday, November 15, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. Details to follow; click here to view video coverage of previous events. Quotes of note  “In many intellectual and political circles, the pursuit of profits is seen as evil. However, this pursuit forces entrepreneurs to find ways to either please people efficiently or go bankrupt. Of course, they could mess up and avoid bankruptcy if they can get government to bail them out or give them protection against competition.” – Walter Williams “Of course, not every charter school is good. Not every charter school is a success. But if there has ever existed anything like… View Article

…One of the best things about the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is that it has such a broad membership base.

Dr. Wendy L. Gramm, Former Chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission more quotes