Foundation’s hopes for 2017-18
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 →
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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 →
Georgia tax cut proposals are aimed at keeping pace with North Carolina, one of Georgia’s chief jobs competitors.
Kelly McCutchen calls tax-reform proposal fair.
Baby Boomer Retirement, Student Enrollment Growth and the Future of Georgia Education.
How is school choice working for low-income and minority students?
Guess who’s getting serious about vehicle miles traveled?
How many states have embraced Education Savings Accounts?
April 15 is coming up; get the facts on taxes.
This year’s Foundation wish list for the Gold Dome to-do list focuses on tax reform, transportation, health care and education.
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.
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 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 →
Oxycodone and oxymorons: Government efficiency does not appear to exist when it comes to drug abuse prevention and treatment programs
Online learning can compete with the “live” classroom experience in that it allows the teacher to perfect the lesson.
(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 →
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 →