Tag: Governor Nathan Deal

Checking Up On Health: October 28, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd If you missed the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 19, you missed a great discussion on health care and alternatives to Medicaid expansion for Georgia’s uninsured. Watch streaming video of the event online at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=14456. I know you’re worried the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is botching its handling of Ebola, but never fear! The CDC has Halloween covered for you! In fact, the agency even paid someone to write advice for each letter in SAFE HALLOWEEN. As in, “Hold a flashlight” for “H'” and, “Look both ways,” for “L.” Have you ever heard the term “veterinary medicine?” For those of you who thought only… View Article

Friday Facts: October 24, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “The next time you hear an alarming speech about ‘global warming’ on Earth Day, just remember that the first Earth Day featured alarms about the danger of a new ice age.” – Thomas Sowell “It is important not to allow the lure of federal grant dollars to define our state’s mission and programs. More federal dollars do not necessarily equal success, especially when those dollars come with requirements and conditions that will not help – and may even hinder – running a successful program of our own making.” – Mike Pence, Indiana governor Events October 28: The Atlanta Jewish Academy hosts a free panel discussion by the Jewish Policy Center, “The Middle View Article

Friday Facts: September 26, 2014

It’s Friday! Were you at the hugely successful fifth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum last week? It was attended by more than 150 legislators, staff, government affairs and business representatives and interested citizens. One attendee wrote us: “For someone who is new to the arena of politics, I couldn’t imagine that I would receive that much insight in that short of a period of time.” View photos of the event on our brand-new Facebook page, facebook.com/GAlegforum. Read the issues handout we gave attendees here; read the tax PowerPoint presentation by economist Liz Malm of the Tax Foundation here. Video of the event will be available on our YouTube site next week. Quotes of Note “The… View Article

Getting Smart on Crime Puts Georgia Ahead

By Mike Klein Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes. This philosophy worked great if you did not care about creating better citizens in people who had made a mistake but could be rehabilitated; if you did not want to think about the effect of mingling juveniles with hardened adult criminals; if you did not care about the spiraling cost to support the expansion of incarceration — just a… View Article

Friday Facts: September 5, 2014

Friday Facts September 5, 2014 It’s Friday! Thursday, September 11, is the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that forever changed this nation. Aaron Maclean wrote recently for the Washington Free Beacon about his visit to the 9/11 Museum and the artifact that encapsulated it for him: “Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked. If things don’t go well, and it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you, I want you to do good, go have good times, same to my parents and everybody, and I just totally love you, and I’ll see you when you get there. Bye, babe. I hope I call you.” Quotes of Note “Under… View Article

Friday Facts: August 22, 2014

It’s Friday! Events Aug. 28: Register by Tuesday for,“Unaccountable Government in Action: Capital Markets in the Fed’s Cross-Hairs,”a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Former SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and the American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison discuss the risky regulatory expansion of the Dodd-Frank Act. $30. For information and registration, go to www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=13956. Sept. 15: Health Connect South brings together Georgia’s top-tier health leaders and innovators to figure out how to work together to solve problems and make Georgia a leader in health care. Information and registration are at healthconnectsouth.com. Sept. 19: Reserve your seat at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum to hear keynote speakers Herman Cain and Clint Bolick… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 19, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd Several friends have raved about the healing/soothing/therapeutic/calming/antidepressant benefits of essential oils, but I’m still not buying them. (Although, if you want to give me some, I’ll gladly try them!) I would love to hear from readers about their experiences, but truth be told, I’m as skeptical about the multilevel marketers’ claims regarding these costly essential oils as I am about the overrated cures that some chiropractors promise. There, I put it out there. And then there’s Whole Foods Market. I was reading about the Affordable Care Act on Forbes.com when up popped a story titled, “The Three Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market.” If there’s one thing I’m… View Article

Friday Facts: June 13, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” – Markus Zusak, “The Book Thief” “Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant.” – Judge Learned Hand  “We may as well face the fact, and face it squarely, that we are too much governed.… View Article

Friday Facts: April 18, 2014

It’s Friday!  Generosity I: Georgia ranks second only to Utah in the percentage of income given to charity, according to the latest “Generosity Index” report of U.S. states and Canadian provinces from the Fraser Institute.   Generosity II: In light of the previous post … Do you enjoy the Friday Facts? If so, we’d like you to remind you of the fine print at the bottom of every edition of the Friday Facts: “FRIDAY FACTS is made possible by the generosity of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s donors. If you enjoy the FRIDAY FACTS, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help advance our important mission by clicking here.” Please contribute. It’s quick, it’s easy and you’ll help… View Article
By Mike Klein Georgia’s rainy day fund – Revenue Shortfall Reserve in government speak – could approach the $1 billion mark this year – a long way back from where the account found itself during recession when rainy day funds paid real bills and nearly exhausted the state’s operating surplus.  The high water mark was $1.544 billion in Fiscal 2007. Georgia’s reserve account took a shocking almost $1 billion hit from Fiscal 2007 – 2008 which coincided with the second recession of the decade.  Most economists generally place the second recession as early 2008 through mid-2009 and the federal government maintains the economy has been in an upturn for almost five years, albeit a slow upturn. Governor Sonny Perdue’s administration… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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