Tag: Governor Nathan Deal

AJC Quotes Foundation on Tax Breaks

In The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of April 15, 2014, GPPF president Kelly McCutchen was asked his views on the $240 million-plus in tax breaks signed into law. “This haphazard way of doing tax reform is not very effective,” he said.  “I certainly would rather us … undertake comprehensive tax reform so we didn’t have to resort to special tax breaks.” http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/more-than-240-million-in-tax-breaks-signed-into-la/nfZbd/ View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT March 24, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Last Chance to Register for Wednesday’s ‘Legislative Roundup’ Kyle Wingfield, Eric Cochling Review the 2013-14 Session and Look Ahead Atlanta – If you haven’t yet registered, a reminder: Today is the registration deadline for “Georgia Legislative Roundup,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast Wednesday at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The 8 a.m. event is open to the public and features Eric Cochling, vice president of Policy Development at the Georgia Center for Opportunity, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield. Discussion will focus on the 2014 Georgia Legislative Session and the General Assembly’s business on tap for 2015, including reforms in education choice and funding,… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 18, 2014

Health Care Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare Why no Medicaid expansion for Georgia? Just the expansion of Medicaid would cost Georgia an additional $2.5 billion over 10 years, Gov. Nathan Deal pointed out in an interview with Georgia Health News that was released Tuesday. “We simply cannot afford the $2.5 billion in new spending that the expansion would require without a severe impact on public education. The federal administration needs to start acknowledging the Supreme Court ruling and look at other alternatives that don’t force new spending by the state. I have often discussed the advantages of a block grant. States need more flexibility in order to make their program work for their unique… View Article

Friday Facts: March 7, 2014

It’s Friday! What they’re saying about the Foundation: Watch Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute credit the Foundation for helping educate Georgians about a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Quotes of Note  “I see, … and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. … It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 25, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Opting for organic? How scientific are you about your food intake? Do you insist on buying organic coffee and bread from Whole Foods? You simply must read Michael Schulson’s article in the Daily Beast on the scientific credibility we allow the store he calls, “America’s greatest shrine to pseudoscience.” “Bringing sound data into political conversations and consumer decisions is a huge, ongoing challenge,” Schulson says. “It’s not limited to one side of the public debate. The moral is not that we should all boycott Whole Foods. It’s that whenever we talk about science and society, it helps to keep two rather humbling premises in mind: very few of us are… View Article
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed Foundation President Kelly McCutchen for an article on Georgia Medicaid expansion appearing in the Sunday edition on February 16, 2014. Legislative approval should be required for fundamental changes in state programs, including an expansion of an entitlement program like Medicaid, said Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a right-leaning think tank. The group opposes expansion and has advocated for a market-oriented alternative. “We’re talking about billions of dollars,” McCutchen said. House leaders want a say on Medicaid expansion BY AARON GOULD SHEININ AND MISTY WILLIAMS – Obamcare’s massive expansion of Medicaid has always faced long odds in Georgia, and last week the road to expansion became all the more impassable. Currently, the decision… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 18, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Georgia has been plagued with more than its fair share of bad weather for a Southeastern winter; hundreds of thousands were left without power for days. The weekend’s earthquake was almost the last straw, as residents vowed they’re moving if they see as much as ONE locust! Icejam 2014 brought metro Atlanta – and my Checking Up on Health roundup – to a standstill on January 28. I hope you and yours pulled through the mess with minimal damage. Read my commentary on the positive aspects of the weather disaster here. A few points of “foundational privilege” before Checking Up On Health: (To paraphrase President Obama, “That’s… View Article

Friday Facts: February 14, 2014

It’s Friday! Events February 26: Tired of Washington’s out-of-control spending? The Foundation’s February 26 Leadership Breakfast focuses on the “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget,” keynoted by Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute. The 8 a.m. event at the Galleria Centre in Cobb County is open to the public; registration is $25 per person. Find out more here; register online by Monday, February 24, at http://bit.ly/LewuTz. (Please note: This event is NOT at the Georgian Club.) March 5: The Foundation celebrates 23 years of promoting liberty in Georgia at its Annual Dinner at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The keynote speaker is Daniel Garza, a first-generation American who is the inspiring executive director… View Article
Benita Dodd was interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting ahead of the snow and ice of the week of February 10; this is the article.     ATLANTA  —  State and local officials were working overtime Monday to prepare for this week’s forecast winter storm. As of 1 p.m. Monday, 45 of the state’s 159 counties were under a state of emergency, though no precipitation had begun. Gov. Nathan Deal toured GDOT’s salt facility Monday afternoon, and in Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed said he had doubled the pre-treatment operation to 60 spreading vehicles, thanks to contracts with private companies.What kind of storm preparation do Georgians want to pay for? That’s what Your GPB News Now correspondent is wondering, as we await another blast… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 21, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd This week, “Checking Up On Health” focuses on the alternatives. What if you want to opt out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act coverage mandate? There are ways, and unlike the morbid saying, they are indeed “better than the alternative:” You don’t have to “check” out to “opt out” of ObamaCare. Health care on your terms: Wondering if that’s a flu, cold, bronchitis or pneumonia? What if, even if you’re feeling miserable, you could consult your doctor without leaving home? Teladoc, operating since 2002, describes itself as the nation’s largest telehealth provide and promises a call-back within 24 minutes. The Web site claims its U.S. board-certified… View Article

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