Atlanta Journal-Constitution Jan. 13: Tough times needn’t defer fixes for the future here

“Tough times needn’t defer fixes for the future here”

Friday Facts: December 14, 2012

Under ObamaCare, 30 million people are expected to remain uninsured. What happens to them?

Friday Facts: December 7, 2012

In the 1970s, when the top rate on wage and salary income was 50 % and 70% on investment income, high earners spent much of their time and energy seeking tax shelters, Michael Barone points out.

Friday Facts: November 9, 2012

What to expect after the November 6 elections: More school choice in Georgia; for the nation, regulations, a fiscal cliff and an entitlement cliff. .

Friday Facts: November 2, 2012

In the Friday Facts, find out more on what you’ll be considering on the Nov. 6 ballot and whether Hurricane Sandy’s effect will be economic growth.

Friday Facts: October 26, 2012

Did you now that between 1992-2009, Georgia’s student population grea 41 percent and school personnel grew 80 percent?

Friday Facts: October 19, 2012

What happens if the federal health care is overturned?

Friday Facts: October 12, 2012

It’s Friday!  Events  Last chance! Today is the deadline to register for “A Portrait of The Iron Lady,” the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum on Tuesday, October 16. The event is keynoted by author John Blundell, policy and advisor and longtime friend of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She turns 87 on October 13. Join the Foundation and mark her birthday. Blundell, a free-market leader, is author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” Lady Thatcher said of him, “John Blundell has been one … Continue Reading →

Openness, Ideas Can Get Georgia Rolling

To get transportation policy back on track, Georgia must embrace projects with clear impact and broad support, rebalance infrastructure spending and rebuild public trust.

“Plan B” in The News

Kelly McCutchen’s op-ed and an editorial focused on transportation policy in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Sunday, October 7.

Friday Facts: September 28, 2012

What’s in the Foundation’s Plan B for Georgia Transportation? Find out in Friday Facts.

Friday Facts: September 21, 2012

About 1.95 million Georgians out of 4,589,611 Georgians (42.5 percent) who filed returns didn’t pay federal taxes in 2010.

Friday Facts: September 7, 2012

The fuel-saving technologies mandated by President Obama’s CAFE rule will boost car costs by around $3,000, pricing 7 million people out of the market.

Friday Facts: August 24, 2012

Want to know about charter schools local control and minority students? Click on the links in the Friday Facts!

Friday Facts: August 17, 2012

Georgia could save $8 billion annually in health care costs, and as much as $3.5 billion on Medicaid alone, if it replaced its current medical liability system with a Patients’ Compensation System, according to a new study released this week.

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Foundation Statement on T-SPLOST Vote Results

Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a state-focused think tank, had this response to the results of the regional transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST) referendum, which failed in metro Atlanta by a vote of 63 percent against to 37 percent for passage, and passed in three of the other 11 regions: “The voters have spoken. Now it’s up to the Legislature to provide leadership in establishing transportation policy, projects and programs that ensure greater mobility and congestion relief,” McCutchen said. “The 10-year tax would have relieved … Continue Reading →

Why Penalize Georgia Families for Buying Health Insurance?

By Kelly McCutchen What if someone proposed a law to tax working families $5,000 or more if they purchase health insurance? Such legislation would have no chance of passing. Yet it is, in effect, a painful reality for many Georgia families. More than 400,000 Georgians work in small businesses that don’t offer health insurance. A fundamental flaw in the federal tax code since the 1940s excludes these individuals from the massive tax exemptions available through employer-purchased health insurance. Here’s a typical case of how the penalty hurts families: “Kenny” was … Continue Reading →

Georgia Wise to Halt Health Insurance Exchange

By Kelly McCutchen and Christie Herrera In a few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from Georgia and 25 other states who are challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s 2010 health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, another battle has been quietly taking place, as Georgia and other plaintiff states decide whether they should implement one of the law’s key components, a health insurance exchange. Earlier this year, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and officials in the Legislature wisely agreed to halt implementation of … Continue Reading →

Don’t Expect Savings from Debit Card Price Controls

By Kelly McCutchen and John Berlau The news that Bank of America is again testing new fees is likely to prompt even more consumers, in Georgia and other states, to take their business away from big financial institutions and give it to regional banks and credit unions. While competition is the American way, it’s important to note that Bank of America and other banks are responding to federal price controls that raise costs for debit card processing. Now, smaller banks and credit unions (and their customers) are at risk from … Continue Reading →