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Opinion: What I was most right - and wrong - about in my time at the AJC
 Several days have passed since April Fool’s Day, so this is no joke: This is my last column for the AJC. It was not quite nine years ago I began, a Georgia native returning home. It was a great adventure, one that alternately exhilarated and humbled me. On Monday I’ll start a new adventure, as head of the Georgia Public Policy...

Posted: 18 days ago

Several days have passed since April Fool’s Day, so this is no joke: This is my last column for the AJC. It was not quite nine years ago I began, a Georgia native returning home. It was a great adventure, one that alternately exhilarated and humbled me. On Monday I’ll start a new adventure, as head of the Georgia Public Policy...
Opinion: Assessing past predictions made here

Posted: 18 days ago

A week has passed since April Fool’s Day, so this is no joke: This is my last column for the AJC. It was not quite nine years ago I began, a Georgia native returning home. It was a great adventure, one that alternately exhilarated and humbled me. On Monday I’ll start a new adventure, as head of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation...
Opinion: Repeat after me: Charter schools are public schools
 Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools are public schools. Forgive the repetition, but for a lot of people this simple fact doesn’t seem to be sinking in. The legislative session that ended last week saw a number of policy fights, but the most surprising, and disappointing, might have...

Posted: 20 days ago

Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools are public schools. Forgive the repetition, but for a lot of people this simple fact doesn’t seem to be sinking in. The legislative session that ended last week saw a number of policy fights, but the most surprising, and disappointing, might have...
Opinion: Growth, patience pay off for conservative governance
 Legislators passed scores of bills this year, as usual. But the 2018 session, which ended just after midnight Thursday, will be remembered best for three seemingly contradictory fiscal measures. The state’s reserves remained on track to hit $2.5 billion by year’s end. K-12 public schools were fully funded for — depending...

Posted: 25 days ago

Legislators passed scores of bills this year, as usual. But the 2018 session, which ended just after midnight Thursday, will be remembered best for three seemingly contradictory fiscal measures. The state’s reserves remained on track to hit $2.5 billion by year’s end. K-12 public schools were fully funded for — depending...
Opinion: Georgia Senate finally gets it right on school choice bills
 When last we visited the question of school choice in the 2018 legislative session, matters were looking shaky. But, proving once again that it ain’t over ’til it’s over, two bills to boost choice for Georgia families finally crossed the finish line in decent shape before lawmakers gaveled out for the year. Both House Bill...

Posted: 25 days ago

When last we visited the question of school choice in the 2018 legislative session, matters were looking shaky. But, proving once again that it ain’t over ’til it’s over, two bills to boost choice for Georgia families finally crossed the finish line in decent shape before lawmakers gaveled out for the year. Both House Bill...
Opinion: On Zell Miller as a model for Georgia
 An outpouring of sympathy and respect from those he fought with and against, and from many others who never even met him. A visitation by a trio of former presidents, only one of whom was from his state and only two of whom belonged to his political party. An occasion for reflection on Georgia, and Georgians’ lives, both before and...

Posted: 27 days ago

An outpouring of sympathy and respect from those he fought with and against, and from many others who never even met him. A visitation by a trio of former presidents, only one of whom was from his state and only two of whom belonged to his political party. An occasion for reflection on Georgia, and Georgians’ lives, both before and...
Opinion: Pension problem demands a new approach

4:00 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

The dog that didn’t bark under the Gold Dome this year — and hasn’t in some time — is pension reform for the state’s teachers. Oh, it whimpered a bit: There was even a bill to eliminate automatic cost-of-living increases for retirees. But it was clear all along the bill wasn’t intended as a serious proposal...
Opinion: Senate committee guts charter funding bill; will it be fixed?
 What started as a promising legislative session for school choice is threatening to end in the ditch. A conference committee is still struggling to produce a final text of House Bill 217, which would raise the cap on the state’s tax-credit scholarship program, due to senators’ insistence on an automatic sunset date for the program...

3:54 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

What started as a promising legislative session for school choice is threatening to end in the ditch. A conference committee is still struggling to produce a final text of House Bill 217, which would raise the cap on the state’s tax-credit scholarship program, due to senators’ insistence on an automatic sunset date for the program...
Opinion: Senate shouldn’t sunset valuable education program
 It’s that time of year, when we see what new excuse legislators will conjure to stymie one of the state’s most popular educational programs. Georgia’s tax-credit scholarship program helps more than 13,000 students each year attend the private school of their choice. Donors to scholarship organizations get a dollar-for-dollar...

5:48 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

It’s that time of year, when we see what new excuse legislators will conjure to stymie one of the state’s most popular educational programs. Georgia’s tax-credit scholarship program helps more than 13,000 students each year attend the private school of their choice. Donors to scholarship organizations get a dollar-for-dollar...
Opinion: For two (or more) Georgias, two (or more) approaches needed
 To be two Georgias, or not to be. For going on 35 years, that has been the question. It was in the early 1980s that we first heard the notion that our state was really two, variously described as metro Atlanta vs. South Georgia or metro Atlanta vs. everywhere else. There’s an argument to be made that there are more than two. The temptation...

4:00 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

To be two Georgias, or not to be. For going on 35 years, that has been the question. It was in the early 1980s that we first heard the notion that our state was really two, variously described as metro Atlanta vs. South Georgia or metro Atlanta vs. everywhere else. There’s an argument to be made that there are more than two. The temptation...
Opinion: Property-tax relief falls short for Atlanta homeowners
 Fulton County residents soon will experience a flashback to last summer, and the sticker shock a simple little letter in the mail brought them. It’ll be deja vu all over again when they receive the notice of their 2018 property assessments. Given what happened last year — when most Fulton homeowners were hit with at least a 20...

9:58 AM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Fulton County residents soon will experience a flashback to last summer, and the sticker shock a simple little letter in the mail brought them. It’ll be deja vu all over again when they receive the notice of their 2018 property assessments. Given what happened last year — when most Fulton homeowners were hit with at least a 20...
Opinion: Property-tax fix is little comfort to Atlanta homeowners

7:00 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Fulton County residents soon will experience a flashback to last summer, and the sticker shock a simple little letter in the mail brought them. It’ll be deja vu all over again when they receive the notice of their 2018 property assessments. Given what happened last year — when most Fulton homeowners were hit with at least a 20...
Opinion: Tillerson’s firing had less to do with Russia than with this country
 Those inclined to see a Russian behind every tree are claiming to see another one regarding Rex Tillerson’s firing as secretary of state.  Never mind that, according to the Wall Street Journal, the White House on Friday summoned Tillerson back early from a trip abroad and CIA Director Mike Pompeo was offered the job at State over...

7:23 PM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Those inclined to see a Russian behind every tree are claiming to see another one regarding Rex Tillerson’s firing as secretary of state.  Never mind that, according to the Wall Street Journal, the White House on Friday summoned Tillerson back early from a trip abroad and CIA Director Mike Pompeo was offered the job at State over...
Opinion: Term limits aren’t the answer to the real problem
 There’s a newcomer under the Gold Dome this year. He’s a polite fellow with a rather quixotic pursuit: Persuading state legislators to endorse a Constitutional Convention to create term limits.  Now, the idea isn’t to limit their own terms, but those for members of Congress. So, he’s having a bit of success. But...

2:01 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

There’s a newcomer under the Gold Dome this year. He’s a polite fellow with a rather quixotic pursuit: Persuading state legislators to endorse a Constitutional Convention to create term limits.  Now, the idea isn’t to limit their own terms, but those for members of Congress. So, he’s having a bit of success. But...
Opinion: Term limits won’t solve the real problem
 There’s a newcomer under the Gold Dome this year. He’s a polite fellow with a rather quixotic pursuit: Persuading state legislators to endorse a Constitutional Convention to create term limits. Now, the idea isn’t to limit their own terms, but those for members of Congress. So, he’s having a bit of success. But while...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

There’s a newcomer under the Gold Dome this year. He’s a polite fellow with a rather quixotic pursuit: Persuading state legislators to endorse a Constitutional Convention to create term limits. Now, the idea isn’t to limit their own terms, but those for members of Congress. So, he’s having a bit of success. But while...
Opinion: License to block people from getting work
 Here is something that shouldn’t be controversial: People who want a job so they can improve their lives should be encouraged, not blocked by obstacles created by government. Welcome to the hell, for many people, that is occupational licensing. Some of the jobs to which lower-income Georgians might gravitate turn out to be some of the...

7:00 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Here is something that shouldn’t be controversial: People who want a job so they can improve their lives should be encouraged, not blocked by obstacles created by government. Welcome to the hell, for many people, that is occupational licensing. Some of the jobs to which lower-income Georgians might gravitate turn out to be some of the...
Opinion: Trump’s tariffs are a big-league mistake
 Raising taxes on everything from homes to cars to beer is not normally considered good policy or good politics. But that’s exactly what President Trump said Thursday he intends to do. Trump used the word “tariff” to describe what he’s raising on imported steel and aluminum, but that’s just a fancy word for ...

3:24 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

Raising taxes on everything from homes to cars to beer is not normally considered good policy or good politics. But that’s exactly what President Trump said Thursday he intends to do. Trump used the word “tariff” to describe what he’s raising on imported steel and aluminum, but that’s just a fancy word for ...
Opinion: GOP substance vs. style

3:00 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

Legislators this past week passed a significant income-tax cut for Georgians. Both the House and the Senate passed their own versions of a plan to coordinate and expand mass transit in metro Atlanta. A raft of bills to boost rural Georgia advanced in the legislative process, as did measures to take cellphones out of drivers’ hands and...
Opinion: The business of business is still business
 The NRA-Delta-Casey Cagle flap this week has been a congress of the tin-eared and ham-handed.  Accounting only for the local participants, you had Delta moving — amid political duress, and under the guise of seeking political “neutrality” — to remove a single, political group out of a discount program that is...

11:31 AM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

The NRA-Delta-Casey Cagle flap this week has been a congress of the tin-eared and ham-handed.  Accounting only for the local participants, you had Delta moving — amid political duress, and under the guise of seeking political “neutrality” — to remove a single, political group out of a discount program that is...
Opinion: The business of business is still business

7:00 PM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

The NRA-Delta-Casey Cagle flap this week has been a congress of the tin-eared and ham-handed. Accounting only for the local participants, you had Delta moving — amid political duress, and under the guise of seeking political “neutrality” — to remove a single, political group out of a discount program that is otherwise...
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