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Georgia school choice legislation could yield overdue educational gains

If Georgia is serious about educating all children, its only choice is to ensure those children can access the education that is best for them.That means giving them options.

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Georgia school choice legislation could yield overdue educational gains

Kyle Wingfield: Proposal is pro-child and pro-education

Georgia's lawmakers have another opportunity to help thousands of children find the best education for their unique needs.Rep. Wes Cantrell, a Republican from Woodstock, has proposed allowing state education dollars to follow a limited number of students to the education of their choice.

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Kyle Wingfield: Proposal is pro-child and pro-education

Georgia has seen Medicaid enrollment surge despite resisting expansion of a 'broken' program

Georgia resisted Medicaid expansion for sound fiscal reasons and state government must continue that stand despite a surge in Medicaid enrollment This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a Libertarian-leaning policy think tank based in Atlanta. Georgia did not expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, as everyone knows. Except that, in a manner of speaking, it did. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, Georgia has increased its Medicaid

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Georgia has seen Medicaid enrollment surge despite resisting expansion of a 'broken' program

Kyle Wingfield: Improving healthcare access for all Georgians

Kyle Wingfield Georgia did not expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, as everyone knows. Except that, in a manner of speaking, it did. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, Georgia has increased its Medicaid rolls by almost the same number of people projected under expansion. Spending on Medicaid, including both state and federal funds, likewise has increased by about the same amount as projected under expansion. Oddly enough, the many benefits promised if the state expanded the program

dailycitizen.news ,  12d 0
Kyle Wingfield: Improving healthcare access for all Georgians

Kyle Wingfield: Crises remind us that government doesn't always know best

Kyle Wingfield It has been interesting in recent weeks to see the renewed faith some people have in government's capabilities. To be helpful, I've compiled a partial list of recent headlines: "Desperate Americans ask government vaccine coordinators to fix Chick-fil-A's drive-thrus" "Why the U.S. Postal Service should acquire Amazon and fix its money-bleeding operations" "Opinion poll: Majority says the Apple Store would work better if the DMV were in charge" OK, OK: Those were "fake news," not real headlines.

dailycitizen.news ,  19d 0
Kyle Wingfield: Crises remind us that government doesn't always know best

COVID school closures increase parent interest in expanding education options in Georgia

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a Libertarian-leaning policy think tank based in Atlanta. The pandemic has forced a lot of Georgia families to rethink the education of their children. Public school enrollment this fall was about 36,000 lower than the year before, and that’s after the gains among public charter schools that offset some of the losses. Private schools and homeschooling have also become more appealing. It’s no wonder, then, that

onlineathens.com ,  24d 0
COVID school closures increase parent interest in expanding education options in Georgia

Trends show Georgia population swings muted compared to neighbors, even as state see business growth

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a Libertarian-leaning policy think tank based in Atlanta. One of the key data points from the General Assembly’s annual budget hearings had less to do with dollars than with people. For decades, Georgia’s population has grown at a brisk pace. During the 1980s and ‘90s in particular, the number of Georgians swelled by 50%. But since 2000 the rate has slowed, and growth has been closer to 30%. We’ll find out

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Trends show Georgia population swings muted compared to neighbors, even as state see business growth

Kyle Wingfield: Is a true reordering of American politics coming?

Kyle Wingfield Demography isn't destiny, no matter how many people insist otherwise. Two recent reports underscored that reality. First let's look at the big picture. This past week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual population estimates. These estimates aren't the same as the actual census, on which such important -- and, to today's exercise, relevant -- decisions as reapportionment are based. But they are a pretty good preview of the real thing. A quick refresher: Reapportionment is how the U.S. House

dailycitizen.news ,  1m 0
Kyle Wingfield: Is a true reordering of American politics coming?

Stories of 2020, America and democracy: Re-examining what it means to be American

Columnist Kyle Wingfield highlights how a year marked by a pandemic led us to re-think American's stated ideals. Editor's note: Through Dec. 30, we will highlight the major news stories of 2020 and our columnists' and contributors' best work on those themes. Today's topic is America and democracy. This column is by Kyle Wingfield and originally published on July 8, 2020. As far as I know, the pool that lies between the Washington and Lincoln memorials in the nation’s capital is meant to provide for a physical

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Stories of 2020, America and democracy: Re-examining what it means to be American

Kyle Wingfield: Pursuing change for the better in 2021

Kyle Wingfield Has there ever been a year that better informed what the next year's work ought to be? Perhaps, but the to-do list for Georgia in 2021 clearly takes its cues from the mercifully ending 2020. Our students should be first in line to have this year's wrongs set right. Too many education leaders waited too long to recognize that the dangers of keeping schools closed outweighed the dangers of reopening them with proper precautions. Still more sought to use the pandemic as an excuse to shirk accountability

dailycitizen.news ,  2m 0
Kyle Wingfield: Pursuing change for the better in 2021

Kyle Wingfield: Have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Kyle Wingfield This looks to be a different kind of Christmas. Many will carry on as before, but some will choose a socially distanced Yule. Some will be forced to keep away from family or friends who have fallen ill, and others will spend their first Christmas since losing a loved one. Even the usual heart-tugging holiday ads on TV have caught on, some of them depicting a Christmas morning video call instead of a Christmas Eve embrace. Traveling recently with one of those 24/7 Christmas-song stations on the

dailycitizen.news ,  2m 0
Kyle Wingfield: Have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Wingfield: Reasons for Georgians to believe 2021 will be prosperous

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a libertarian-leaning policy think tank based in Atlanta. I don’t know what you’ve asked of Santa Claus for Christmas, but one thing ought to be on everyone’s wish list: a big dose of optimism. After the year we’ve had, a belief that brighter days lie ahead would be welcome for all. Fortunately, we needn’t wait for Dec. 25 – or for a COVID-19 vaccine. I see three big reasons to believe 2021 will be a more

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Wingfield: Reasons for Georgians to believe 2021 will be prosperous

Wingfield column: Reform Georgia tax code to improve on economic freedom

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a libertarian-leaning think tank: Americans love rankings, love to see where we stand compared to our rivals. The AP college football poll, to name one famous ranking, exists ostensibly to determine the best team – but also to sell newspapers, because Americans eat that kind of thing up. There are all kinds of rankings. But what could be more important to rank than our freedom? There are a variety of indices for

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Wingfield column: Reform Georgia tax code to improve on economic freedom

OPINION: Partisans need to come together to solve common problems

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Atlanta. Everyone knows by now that Georgia’s political fault line runs between its urban and suburban counties on one side, and its exurban and rural ones on the other. But the sheer depth of that chasm – and how it might be bridged – are worth exploring. For one example, look to the presidential election. Joe Biden, projected to win the state pending a manual "re-tally" of

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OPINION: Partisans need to come together to solve common problems

OPINION: Election proves country is in a transitional stage

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Atlanta. Merriam-Webster will surely pick a pandemic-related term as 2020’s "word of the year." Coronavirus, social distancing or quarantine would be apt. My choice is "liminal," which that dictionary defines as "of, relating to, or being (in) an intermediate state, phase, or condition: in-between, transitional." That not only describes the way we’ve been living since March, but

savannahnow.com ,  3m 0
OPINION: Election proves country is in a transitional stage

Bit political money expected to flow in if both of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats head into runoff

Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, in an October 2019 appearance before the Rome Rotary Club. His presentation related to this week's election was accomplished via Zoom. If both of Georgia's U.S. Senate races end up in run-offs, Kyle Wingfield, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, said he shudders to imagine how much money will be pumped into Georgia with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate at stake. "Be prepared for nine weeks of non-stop U.S. Senate

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Bit political money expected to flow in if both of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats head into runoff

Big political money expected to flow in if both of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats head into runoff

Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, is pictured in an October 2019 appearance before the Rome Rotary Club. His presentation this week was accomplish via Zoom. If both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate races end up in run-offs, Kyle Wingfield, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, said he shudders to imagine how much money will be pumped into Georgia with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate at stake. “Be prepared for nine weeks of non-stop U.S. Senate talk,”

northwestgeorgianews.com ,  3m 0
Big political money expected to flow in if both of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats head into runoff

OPINION: ‘Nonstop politics’ is ruining American politics

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Atlanta. By the time you read this, the 2020 election will be nearly over. Some votes may be still uncounted, the outcome still unclear, the lawyers just getting warmed up, and some races – including in Georgia – set for a runoff. But in the main, it’ll finally be over. Then what? It’s become cliché to bemoan our polarized politics. The truth is, it’s always been polarized.

savannahnow.com ,  3m 0
OPINION: ‘Nonstop politics’ is ruining American politics

Kyle Wingfield: Will the non-stop election process ever end?

Kyle Wingfield By the time you read this, the 2020 election will be on the way to being over. After today, some votes may be still uncounted, the outcome still unclear, the lawyers just getting warmed up, and some races -- including in Georgia -- set for a runoff. But in the main, it'll finally be over. Then what? It's become cliché to bemoan our polarized politics. The truth is, it's always been polarized. If you don't believe me, go watch the rap-battle scenes from the musical "Hamilton." Or better yet, read

dailycitizen.news ,  3m 0
Kyle Wingfield: Will the non-stop election process ever end?

OPINION: Neither Trump nor Biden are willing to tackle national debt problem

This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Atlanta. Among the things that may have changed forever in 2020 is Americans’ willingness to get serious about the national debt. During the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump was asked why he hasn’t secured further emergency funding for the pandemic. His response: "Because Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve it. I do." His opponent, Joe Biden, pointed to the

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OPINION: Neither Trump nor Biden are willing to tackle national debt problem