Tag: government reform

Foundation president Kelly McCutchen was quoted in an article in the March 4-10, 2016 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle by Dave Williams, “Income tax cut moving through General Assembly.”  The article is reprinted below and can be accessed online at http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2016/03/04/income-tax-cut-moving-through-general-assembly.html. (Subscription required.) Income tax cut moving through General Assembly By Dave Williams Georgians may get a chance to vote this fall to reduce state income taxes for the first time since the 1930s. The Georgia Senate passed a constitutional amendment Feb. 29 that would roll back the state income tax subject to certain budgetary triggers. If it gets through the state House of Representatives, voters would decide the measure on the November statewide ballot. A separate bill… View Article

Georgia Is Moving Forward on Welfare Reform

By Logan Pike and John Nothdurft Georgia’s dreadful welfare system is perhaps one of the worst in the nation, but the Legislature has an opportunity to reform the failing program and provide significant, lasting changes that will improve the lives of thousands of Georgia’s citizens. The Georgia Senate passed a welfare reform bill that will improve opportunities for upward mobility and self-sufficiency and protect those people who truly need assistance. The bill has been offered in large part as a result of four important hearings held in 2015 by the Georgia House Study Committee on Welfare Fraud, chaired by state Rep. David Clark (R-Buford). Those hearings were created to study the “conditions, needs, issues, and problems regarding Georgia welfare programs.”… View Article

Which Way Employment?

By Harold Brown                                             A person who wants a job and doesn’t have one knows exactly what unemployment means. Sadly, most of us who depend on the media to tell us about the nation’s unemployment don’t quite know. The “unemployment rate” supposedly tells us the proportion of people unemployed, and is often presented as the whole story.  But there is much more to it: The official “unemployment rate” is the percentage of people in the labor force who don’t have a job and are seeking one. What about changes in the size of the labor force? The labor force is not a fixed group. The focus may on the unemployment rate, but changing demographics affect the labor force as much as,… View Article
Kenneth Artz of the Heartland Institute interviewed Foundation Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi on  the Georgia Education Reform Commission’s recommendations. The article is below; access the article on Heartrland’s Web site here: http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2016/02/10/georgia-commission-releases-reform-recommendations Georgia Commission Releases Reform Recommendations By Kenneth Artz A Georgia government commission released a report in December 2015 detailing recommended reforms lawmakers should consider during the recently convened legislative session. The commission called on the state’s legislature to fund charter schools in a more equitable manner and provide more support for districts wishing to explore tying teachers’ pay to student performance. The commission was composed of private-sector leaders, local and state education officials, and lawmakers. The stated goal of the Georgia Education Reform Commission is to “[provide]… View Article
Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute writes on the dangers of regulation delaying automated vehicles. Self-Driving Regulation Pro-Market Policies Key to Automated Vehicle Innovation By Marc Scribner Leonardo da Vinci first sketched the design for a self-propelled cart with programmable steering in the late 15th century. Fast forward to 2010, when Google announced its fleet of self-driving cars had quietly racked up over 140,000 miles on public roads. Robotic cars found in science fiction, as well as Leonardo’s sketch books, will soon be science fact. To ensure innovation is fostered and fleet deployment is rapid, policy makers must prepare for this new reality. Google’s announcement surprised even those who had been tracking vehicle automation developments. As of this writing,… View Article

Friday Facts: January 8, 2016

It’s Friday! Happy New Year! The Foundation celebrates 25 years in Georgia in 2016. All year, we’ll mark this milestone anniversary with a “Then and Now” Friday Facts category! Then and Now Did you know? In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the nation’s eighth-largest airline had shut down after failing to recover from a crippling 1989 union strike. About 10,000 Atlantans lost their jobs; more than two-thirds were employees at Eastern’s Atlanta flight hub. Events January 27: Georgia State Sen. Hunter Hill, State Rep. Mike Dudgeon and Great Teachers’ Academy executive director Mike Davis are panelists at the Foundation’s annual National School Choice Week celebration. Register now for, “Georgia Education: Reforms View Article

Celebrate National School Choice Week at Jan. 27 Event

EVENT INVITATION December 18, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Celebrate National School Choice Week January 27! Atlanta – National School Choice Week provides the theme for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s first event of the year every year, and 2016 is no exception! You are invited to join the Foundation on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 for, “Georgia Education: Reforms and Recommendations,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This panel discussion includes two education reform champions in the Georgia Legislature and an education innovator: Georgia State Sen. Hunter Hill, Senate sponsor of legislation creating Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) Georgia State Rep. Mike Dudgeon, vice chairman of the House Education Committee,… View Article
Letter to the editor, The Citizen, sent December 9, 2015 in response to a letter from Peachtree City Public Information Officer Betsy Tyler alleging the city’s plans were “misrepresented” by the Foundation President Kelly McCutchen and Watchdog.org reporter Chris Butler: Peachtree City’s Public Information Officer and City Clerk, Betsy Tyler, accuses the Georgia Public Policy Foundation of being “alarmist” in questioning Peachtree City’s plan to build out a government-owned broadband internet network (“PTC’s cable plans misrepresented in story,” December 8, 2015). We admit to being alarmed that a supposedly fiscally conservative city in Metro Atlanta would engage in such a risky venture, but we are far from alarmist. The Foundation has a nearly 25 year record of defending… View Article
*Join Lisa Snell and Aaron Smith December 8 for a discussion on student-based funding in Georgia. Register here TODAY! By Aaron Smith and Lisa Snell For more than three decades, Georgia’s system of school finance has handcuffed district leaders by dictating how state funds are used. More freedom might finally be in sight for frustrated educators, thanks to the promising recommendations from Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission. The Commission has been tasked with overhauling the state’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula, created in 1985, which allocates over 90 percent of the state’s $8 billion in K-12 funding. If the goal of QBE’s architects was to achieve minimal transparency and flexibility, then it has been a riveting success. QBE provides… View Article

Friday Facts: December 4, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Today’s the deadline! Register TODAY to attend, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a summit and luncheon on Tuesday, December 8 hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and featuring experts from the Reason Foundation and Allovue. The keynote speaker is Lisa Snell, Director of Education Reason. Open to the public. 10:30-1:30 p.m. at The Gallery, Cobb Galleria Centre. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of Note “One of the standard pieces of Econ 101 that we try manfully to get across to people is that if you raise the price of something then people will buy less of it. … And this is important about the minimum wage debate. If… View Article

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