AJC Publishes Foundation Op-Ed on 2017-18 Ga. Session

Foundation’s hopes for 2017-18

Friday Facts: August 5, 2016

  It’s Friday!  Then and Now: In 1991, when the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, Georgia poultry plants were in their ninth consecutive year of record-setting production: 867.3 million broilers. The state continues to be a record-holder. Last year, it was 1,339,600,000 broilers with a production value of more than $4.25 billion! Events August 22:  Register now for “Across the Pond: A Policy Update,” the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at Cobb County’s Georgian Club on Monday, August 22. The keynote speaker is British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford.  $35. … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: July 1, 2016

We wish you a wonderful Independence Day weekend!

CPA, Readers Hail Georgia Tax Reform Plan

The Foundation has received numerous compliments after Kelly McCutchen’s March 18 commentary about the state tax reform legislation that passed the Senate March 16. One comment came from CPA Jeff Kellar: With Florida and Tennessee not having an individual income tax, and Alabama’s rate of 5 percent, Georgia should continue to move in a more competitive direction.  One additional measure the state could employ to assist and encourage small business, would be to eliminate the Net Worth Tax on small business corporations. (Tennessee imposes a “Hall” tax on certain interest and dividend income). … Continue Reading →

Atlanta Business Chronicle Quotes McCutchen on Ga. Tax Reform Bill

Georgia tax cut proposals are aimed at keeping pace with North Carolina, one of Georgia’s chief jobs competitors.

AJC Quotes Kelly McCutchen on Tax Reform Proposal

Kelly McCutchen calls tax-reform proposal fair.

March 10 Event: ‘At the Inter$ection of Education and Aging’

Baby Boomer Retirement, Student Enrollment Growth and the Future of Georgia Education.

Friday Facts: August 27, 2015

How is school choice working for low-income and minority students?

Friday Facts: May 29, 2015

Guess who’s getting serious about vehicle miles traveled?

Friday Facts: April 24, 2015

How many states have embraced Education Savings Accounts?

Friday Facts: April 10, 2015

April 15 is coming up; get the facts on taxes.

Make Foundation’s 2015 Wish List a To-Do List

This year’s Foundation wish list for the Gold Dome to-do list focuses on tax reform, transportation, health care and education.

A truly absurd tax code illustrates the need for rational reform

Our tax code is extraordinarily difficult to navigate and it sometimes seems that it’s more concerned with advancing social and industrial policy goals than raising the money needed to fund government.

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/

Foundation President Kelly McCutchen Cited in Rome News-Tribune

Foundation in The News: The Rome News-Tribune cited Foundation President Kelly McCutchen in an article in which Dr. Ben Carson proposed ending property taxes and replacing them with a statewide tax: His suggestion to replace local property taxes with state funding isn’t so easy to do, according to Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. It would mean raising state taxes equal to double the current income tax. Even then, the idea could backfire. Much of the difference comes from the amount  local districts choose to add to what … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: April 26, 2013

Oxycodone and oxymorons: Government efficiency does not appear to exist when it comes to drug abuse prevention and treatment programs

Friday Facts: March 8, 2013

Online learning can compete with the “live” classroom experience in that it allows the teacher to perfect the lesson.

Another View: Coordinated Action on Tax System Vital

(This article was published in the Sunday April 15 Atlanta Journal-Constitution) By Mike Klein This year, Georgia legislators took down some barriers in tax, pension and criminal justice reform but they whiffed on creating a state-assisted venture capital investments model. Next January, they need to take another step forward in tax reform, monitor the start of criminal justice reforms, enact juvenile code reforms and create a real strategy around venture capital investments. Tax reform this year included sales tax changes to benefit industry, the beginning of the end for the … Continue Reading →

The Final Breath From This Year’s General Assembly

By Mike Klein The final breath has  been drawn by this year’s Georgia General Assembly.  Here is what lawmakers did on seven issues that are closely tracked by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  This article discusses state charter schools, digital learning, criminal justice and juvenile code reform, pension and tax reform and health care reform.  All of these will require more work going forward and in some cases, much more work starting soon. State Charter Schools This November voters will decide who got it right:  Lawmakers four years ago when … Continue Reading →