Thursday, November 20, 2008

lunsford opad on saxby

On December 2nd Georgians will have the opportunity to play a crucial in the future of our country.  Our Senator, Saxby Chambliss, is in a tough run-off against Jim Martin who is well funded by the national, liberal Democrats.  Saxby has been a leader for Georgia on the issues that matter most to us: national security, lower taxes, agriculture, fuel prices and energy independence.  Jim Martin is already promising in his television commercials to vote in lockstep with Barack Obama’s radical, liberal agenda. 


I know Jim Martin – I served with him in the Georgia Legislature – and I can tell you this first hand: Jim Martin isn’t one of us – he is one of the most liberal Democrats to ever have served in the Georgia House of Representatives.  He not only voted for the largest tax increase in Georgia history, and he voted to increase his own government funded expense account by 27 percent. He actually proposed legislation that would raise property taxes by 150 percent!  Had enough?  There’s more!  He voted against Georgia’s ban on partial birth abortions, against making English the official language of Georgia, and against allowing prayer in public schools 3 times!  Jim Martin doesn’t share our values, and we cannot afford the higher taxes he has a record of supporting.


But this Senate race is bigger then just Georgia, this is about putting country first.  Saxby Chambliss will be the firewall, the last man standing, between Obama’s liberal agenda and our conservative values.  Saxby’s will be the vote that stops the Martin/Obama plan to declare defeat in a war that we are winning, raise our taxes, re-instate the moratorium on offshore drilling, choose our doctors, nationalize our healthcare, and appoint liberal judges to our courts.


I am calling on every voter, even if you didn’t vote on November 4, to get involved and vote.  Early voting is now underway, and you can bet the Democrats will be in overdrive trying to get their voters out.  We have to do better.  We have to vote, and we have to get our friends to vote.  Vote early, vote by absentee ballot or vote on Dec. 2 – but whatever you do, VOTE!


The future of our state and our country is at stake.  We cannot afford to lose Saxby Chambliss in the United States Senate. 


lunsford endorses chambliss



·         CONTRAST

o   Jim Martin is too liberal for Georgia & his record proves it.

o   Saxby is for lower taxes; Jim Martin will raise taxes.

o   Saxby is the Senate sponsor of the Fair Tax; Jim Martin voted for the largest tax increase in GA history and to raise his own government expense account.

o   Saxby is pro-life, while Jim Martin voted against a partial birth abortion ban in Georgia.

o   Saxby believes Georgians should choose their doctor themselves; Jim Martin supports national healthcare where the government chooses your doctor for you.

o   Saxby supports judges who strictly interpret the law; Jim Martin supports liberal activist judges who legislate from the bench.

o   Saxby supports increasing America’s energy independence by drilling offshore and in our other national reserves; Jim Martin does not support domestic drilling and will be an ally of Barack Obama to reinstate the ban on offshore drilling


o   In his first commercial, Jim Martin promises to work to enact Barack Obama’s liberal agenda.

o   The Democrats are still hoping for a filibuster-proof Senate, and Saxby could be the last man standing between Barack Obama and 60 Democrat Senators.

o   Jim Martin will be a blank check for Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes.

o   Jim Martin will be a blank check for Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw from Iraq before our Generals say its time, thus endangering our progress and the lives of our military personnel.

o   Jim Martin would be a vote for Barack Obama’s plan to nationalize healthcare.


o   This is a historic runoff, and everyone must vote to protect our conservative values.

o   Saxby must be re-elected to stop the liberal agenda that Jim Martin & Barack Obama have promised: higher taxes, government-run healthcare, and liberal judges.

o   Turnout is key, and we know the Democrats will be using the Obama machine of thousands of staff and volunteers and millions of dollars from liberal, Washington Democrats to turnout votes.

o   We have to make sure that we raise enough money to fight them and get Republicans back to the polls.  Call everyone you know and make sure they vote.

o   Absentee ballot applications available now.

o   Early voting begins November 17.

o   Advanced voting: November 24, 25 & 26

Vote December 2.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

house study committee on non profit hospital

An explanation of where and what I want the

House of Representatives Study Committee to review concerning

 Not for Profit Hospitals and indigent care / charity care.

Chairman John Lunsford

November 11, 2008


The concept of the original piece of Legislation I proposed in 2008 session was based on CON requirements.  Which I felt made sense at the time but I have since changed my mind on that legislation, and requested that a study Committee be formed to look deeper at the big picture. You see originally I felt 5% was the number or percentage that non profits should pay in exchange for their tax free status. However  I don’t believe that today because it’s not that clear.


Is that :

5% of gross revenue?

5% of adjusted gross revenue?

Do we allow the deduction of charges verses contractual obligations?

Do we allow the Medicaid Medicare shortfall to be added?

Is it calculated before or after DSH funding is added?

Should we count the ICTF money if so towards the total sales or against the obligation?

Do we deduct the contributions of local tax digest mileage assessments?

Do we adjust revenue for, or deduct the ad valorem taxes, federal and state income taxes. sales tax or property tax?


And how much are we deferring locally and how much is the community truly getting in return?


But several issues I do feel strongly about and I know them to be true.


Non life threatening healthcare is a privilege not a right !


A large percentage of the time a physician called in to the ED is not reimbursed. Even if the hospital is And those Doctors should get paid for their services that are requested if possible.


That we have a medical crisis and a trauma crisis on our hands that it is not going to improve by its self I know that we have a finite amount of money and an infinite amount of needs as a state. With that in mind we must make the best decisions possible with the funds available to treat the highest percentage of people in need.  This whole issue is coming to a head while we continue to move forward as one of the fastest growing states in the nation. We are growing in population as well as health care needs. Statistically speaking within the next few years we could easily have over 3 million uninsured gracing the doors of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices some models show that happening as soon as 2014.


Of the 3 million uninsured up to 1 million could be classified as indigent while 2 million would be working uninsured.


They will be over 21 years of age under 65 years of age not disabled earning too little for insurance earning too much for Medicaid etc, you get the picture. With no ESI or employer sponsored insurance now what percentage of those will pay their bill I cant tell you.


And a large percentage will receive services in the ED of the hospital because they allow the symptoms to progress ignored until it is now a medical emergency.


I as well as many of my colleagues supported tort reform to reduce costs for medical mal practice and insurance, but we need to do more.


Creative accounting practices and expansive definitions of services have  led to a variety of non-ideal practices by hospital management in order to balance the bottom line, while at the same time maintaining  tax-exempt status. 


Hospital Community benefit standards are lax at best. And way under defined


Cost of services can include the light bulbs in the parking lot. But not necessarily the physicians charges if in private practice.


Charity care, indigent care and bad debt ratio definitions are vague as to what can or cannot be counted in them. So when we say under CON or some other rule that you must do a certain percentage of  X care does it mean anything?



I believe that the concept of “community benefit” should be interpreted to require that not for profit hospitals provide population health care. As a percentage of adjusted gross revenue as defined by a community benefit assessment done by the community equal to a percentage of the taxes deferred.


I believe that a physician performing those services should be compensated for them. or the shortage paid into a fund to insure that occurs.


I believe that we should be taking part of the yearly DSH allotment and using it under a 1115 federal Medicaid demonstration waiver to purchase limited insurance for those who fall into the gap so more of the patients have insurance whereby  reducing the percentage of uninsured.


“According to professor  JESSICA BERG, JD CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY  Both the legislative history of tax-exemption, and political theories regarding the role of the government and the appropriate use of tax revenues, support the notion that community benefit must be interpreted on a group, not an individual, level. “  “Thus, the Provision of individual charity care should comprise only a part of a tax- exempt hospital’s community benefit obligation. “


I am studying models such as Texas community benefit standards and Tennessee’s ten care case management which may allow us to cover a larger portion of the uninsured and limit primary or well care in the emergency room, which is the most expensive place to receive service.


The ideas we are working on should result in better, more expansive benefits for communities; a higher percentage of insured patients, an incentive to compensate the physicians doing the work. Resulting in an overall reduction of the uninsured reducing the incentive for cost shifting thereby reducing health insurance costs whereby increasing the percentage of insured and the cycle repeats. Transparency should provide  fewer problematic Incentives for tax-exempt hospitals attempting to meet their community’s true needs.

Thereby reaching the goals of transparency in healthcare, improving the overall health of our population and fairness to the taxpayer and the provider.  With the ultimate goal being reducing healthcare costs, improving access, reducing insurance costs and expanding coverage to those who need it most.


I hope this clears up some confusion being spun around the capitol and other places as to the true direction of this committee with malice for none but hope for all, and proactive planning for the future of our great state.




John Lunsford

State Representative District 110


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

FW: Perry McGuire for Court Of Appeals



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Dear Fellow Georgians –

This week, we've been honored with several important new endorsements, including U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, several state lawmakers, and sheriffs, as well as a number of prominent community leaders. We're demonstrating a strong momentum going into the final days of this campaign, and I am counting on your help to put us over the top and into victory!

I want to share a special news story that ran this week in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. One of Georgia's most prominent columnists and conservatives, Jim Wooten, endorsed me and gave voice to a number of important issues raised in this campaign. Most importantly, he and I share the view that Georgia voters have a right to know about the judicial candidates for whom they vote!

Here is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution column, as it appeared on Wednesday, Oct. 28:

McGuire Best Pick for Court of Appeals
October 28, 2008
By: Jim Wooten Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two suspected conservatives are among the seven running for the Georgia Court of Appeals.

It is possible that there are others. But with the interpretation many judicial candidates have chosen to apply a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that gives them more freedom in campaign speech than the old school wants, voters will not know before casting ballots on Nov. 4.

One can say with some certainty that Perry McGuire "holds rule-of-law, strict constructionist judicial views" and, furthermore, "believes that judges should interpret the law, not create them from the bench." One can say that with some certainty because he says it of himself.

While the Georgia Court of Appeals does not address constitutional disputes — that's the purview of the state Supreme Court — it is important to salt the judicial mines with those who express McGuire's view.

The other suspected conservative in the race is Mike Sheffield, a Gwinnett County lawyer who had a heartbreak loss for the Court of Appeals in 2004 when he first made the runoff by 382 votes before a challenge to the results forced a rerun. He lost.

Whether he is or not, Sheffield is amply experienced with about 300 jury trials and 65 appeals as a prosecutor, public defender and private-practice lawyer.

If you're just looking for somebody who can do the job, throw a dart. They're all capable. Vote for long names, vote for short names. Vote the alphabet. Each of them has something to offer.

McGuire, a former Republican state senator from Carrollton, also served as a corporate counsel for Chick-fil-A before becoming a partner in a business and corporate law firm in Cobb County. While trial lawyers tend to support Democrats and therefore find reason to oppose McGuire, for other Georgians having a strict constructionist with expertise in business law on the Court of Appeals would be useful. Most incumbents have trial-related backgrounds, either as judges or as prosecutors.

McGuire, it's worth noting, has been endorsed by an assortment of legislative leaders who are themselves conservative, including Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville, Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson of Savannah, and a number of others.

Candidates clearly are allowed to state their personal views on disputed public policy issues, obviously without making promises or implying commitment to rule one way or another on issues to come before the court. Most judicial candidates either declare or imply that they are ethically bound to silence on such issues, an interpretation of the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White that is at odds with the majority opinion. Elections are required under the state constitution and, as such, voters should be given responses beyond those lawyers and judges think proper. In Minnesota before the Supreme Court decision, voters were only allowed to ask approved questions. Candidates could offer opinions on cameras in the courtroom, how to reduce caseloads, what they thought about administrative costs, and how women and minorities could be treated more fairly.

The Minnesota decision caused many lawyers and judges great angst. In Georgia, a self-selected group composed mostly of lawyers formed a group calling itself the Georgia Committee for Ethical Judicial Campaign and invited candidates to take a pledge that they would not make misleading statements in judicial campaigns. It's a pledge I wouldn't sign on a dare, not because I'd be inclined to misleading utterances but because liberals and conservatives tend to see the world differently. Self-styled groups have biases that aren't evident. What a group of conservatives and what a group of liberals think is misleading are often entirely different.

No candidate for judicial office should ever surrender to an unelected and non-official group the right to declare which speech is acceptable and which is not in an election. Most of the seven candidates in this race have unwisely signed the pledge giving outsiders authority over their campaigns. The two suspected conservatives haven't.

McGuire has said, as have others, that he'll rule strictly on the law as written and not on the basis of personal beliefs or on the outcome he might have advocated as a legislator. A judge on the Court of Appeals "must be impartial and fair, but most importantly must honor the law as written," he said. "We play the role of an umpire, applying the rules, not making them."

The seven running for the open seat on the Court of Appeals are all qualified. It's hard for voters to distinguish one from another. A runoff is certain. Perry McGuire should be one of those left standing.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

lunsford reception

You are cordially invited to a Fundraising reception Honoring:


State Representative John Lunsford

With Special Guest Speaker

Governor Sonny Perdue

The Governor of Georgia

With other special Guests and Hosts




October 28th

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Eagles Landing Country Club

100 Eagle's Landing Way,

Stockbridge, GA 30281   770.389.2000



Donations Accepted and Appreciated but not required:

Light Refreshments and hors d`oeuvres to be served.

Directions: I75 south from Atlanta to Eagles landing parkway turn left (east) go to second light turn right on country club drive Eagles landing country club is on right  reception is in the clubhouse


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

us senator in mcdonough

Join Us for Breakfast

with Senator Saxby Chambliss

 September 20, 2008

   8:00 to 9:00 a.m.



                                US Senator Saxby Chambliss 

Senator Chambliss is coming on Saturday, August 20, 2008 for citizens of Henry CountyYou will be able to talk with your US Senator about issues of concern to you


Date:  Saturday, September 20, 2008

Time:  8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  (Doors open at 7:35 a.m) 

Location: Moose Lodge #2170

                91 Hunter's Chase

                McDonough, GA  30253


Directions:  I-75 to exit 216. Hwy 155 w.  Go west 1.5 miles.  Lodge is on right.

Cost:  $5 cash per person for a Full Breakfast Buffet, including drinks.





Reservations are not required. 

Questions? Contact


Monday, August 4, 2008

fundraiser invite this thursday

You Are Cordially Invited to a Reception Honoring
Representative John Lunsford
with Special Invited Guest
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
At the 191 Club
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
R.S.V.P. (770) 883-6597

191 Club
191 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tursday, August 7th, 2008

6:30-8:30 p.m.
From North of Atlanta
Take 75/85 South
Exit at 249A (Courtland St./GSU)
Merge onto Courtland St. NE
Turn right at Andrew Young International Blvd. NE
Turn left at Peachtree St. NE/Peachtree St. NW
From South of Atlanta/I-20
Take 75/85 North
Exit at 248C (Freedom Pkwy.)
Keep left at fork toward World Congress Center
Merge onto Fort St.
Turn left onto Andrew Young Intl. Blvd.
Turn left onto Peachtree St.
Congressman Westmoreland is not asking for donations
from corporations or from individual’s own funds in excess
of $2,300 or from multi-candidate political action
committees in excess of $5,000 per election.
Paid for by the Committee to Elect John Lunsford

Please come if you can


John lunsford

Monday, May 5, 2008

education overview lunsford

Under the Gold Dome

State Representative John Lunsford's Weekly Capitol Update

Education Overview of Session

May 5, 2008


Since qualifying time is past, and I was fortunate enough not to get an opponent I wanted to start in a series of press releases about what occurred this year in the general assembly by subject matter. Over the next few weeks or months I will update each department of the state as to changes made or improvements. Much of the information will be gleaned from others who either chair the respective committees such as Jan Jones education appropriations, or state agency’s themselves. Many have called this year the session without substance but I think after reading you may view differently. I wanted to let people know we are their staunch advocate and partner in creating a brighter future for their children.  I wanted to let them know what I know – The House of Representatives was relentless throughout the budgeting process in assuring our schools and our children are taken into account.



We succeeded in creating a budget that meets the educational needs of Georgia’s public school students. Together, we crafted a strong and sound state education budget that will directly benefit our states future. 


Even more, we accomplished it in spite of a softening economy; revised revenue projections ($245 million less); and competing needs.  


K-12 Education


·         Held firm on a 2.5% pay raise for teachers ($160 million).  This pay raise is in addition to 3% salary increases awarded to more than half of teachers through normal progression on the teacher salary schedule. Georgia consistently ranks #1 in highest average teacher salary in the Southeast – and this pay raise will ensure that Georgia maintains this ranking. Also note that according to the John Locke Foundation, Georgia ranks #2 nationally in average teacher salary when adjusted for cost of living, pension contribution and teacher experience.


·         Added $50 million for austerity restoration. This funding equates to an additional $31 per student. The General Assembly was able to reduce the remaining austerity reduction from $143 million to $93 million. The remaining austerity represents 1% of the total QBE budget.  Total spending on education exceeded the inflation rate.


·         Fully funded the per student funding formula for 1.23% growth of public school students ($200 million).  Note: The per student funding formula (QBE) for new student growth has been and continues to be fully funded (with no austerity reductions).


·         Added 2,500 slots in the Georgia Virtual School ($1.8 million).  Students will have 6,500 class slots offered through this state program so they can take 75 Advanced Placement and other courses online that are not offered or not convenient at their local school.  Public and non-public school students are eligible.


·         Fully funded growth in Equalization grants.  This grant program serves 134 school systems each year to level out funding for less wealthy systems.  The $110 million was split between the FY09 and Amended FY08 budgets.


·         Continued to fund $100 classroom cards for teachers to purchase classroom supplies the week of the sales tax holiday.  Added classroom cards for new teachers and new media centers.  The total cost comes to $11 million.


·         Fully funded bonds to pay for school construction and renovation ($300 million).  It was split between the Amended FY08 and FY09 budgets.


·         Funded a new Mentor Teacher program to provide $500 stipends for those who mentor new teachers ($200,000).


·         Created 11 new math mentor positions to work with schools struggling with math. Schools will be selected to receive services based on low math test scores and achievement ($1.3 million).




·         Funded a 1% increase for operations for public and private Pre-K providers ($700,000).  This is only the third operational funding increase since Pre-K was created 15 years ago.  Last year’s 2.35% operations increase was the second.  


·         Added 1,000 Pre-K slots ($6.4 million). Currently, 56% of all four year olds attend Pre-K, which is funded through the lottery.  Total children attending lottery – 79,000.


Lunchroom workers, Bus Drivers and Custodians Retirement


·         Increased retirement benefits.  Means a $0.50 higher rate raising it from $14.25 to                                                $14.75 per month per year of service ($2.7 million).


NOTE: The attached spreadsheet lists school systems alphabetically.  The figures show the actual funds your school system(s) will receive because of initiatives we placed into the budget.  I encourage you to share this information with your neighbors.


















































.  I am honored to be your Representative. I will keep you informed through weekly updates. Your opinions and concerns are important to me and I consider it an honor to serve you at the state capitol and in our district. If you would like to reach me, please call me at (404) 656-7573 or write me at: State Rep. John Lunsford, 401, State Capitol, Atlanta, GA  30334 or e-mail me at



Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Final Final wrapup lunsford

Under the Gold Dome

State Representative John Lunsford's Weekly Capitol Update

Final Wrap up of session

April 22, 2008


In coffee shops, diners, and community meetings, much has been debated about the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session that concluded two week ago.  Some have criticized, some have ballyhooed, some jumped for joy, while others registered indifference.  The reality is that it was a successful session. The question that always begs to be answered is did we get everything done?  (The answer is no we didn’t)   But we did a lot and here are some highlights.  


Let’s start first with the fact that we passed a balanced Fiscal Year 2009 budget and amended the 2008 budget in a time when revenue projections for the state have been downsized.  We returned $50 million in austerity cuts to education and we gave teachers, state employees, and law enforcement officers pay increases.  We also funded eight new or expanded libraries, funded Georgia’s first dental school, and additional new community health centers.  Close to 50 hospitals received increased funding for indigent care and set aside $10 million for land conservation.


One of the most important bills passed was Senate Bill 342, a bill designed to help alleviate future water problems by developing and expediting the building of additional water reservoirs. 


We protected our children by passing Senate Bill 1, a bill that prohibits sex offenders from photographing minor children without parent or guardian consent.  We also passed a bill, S.B. 474, which would provide greater protection for children from sexual predators using the internet to try and lure our children.  We also cracked down on habitual drunk drivers by making their fourth DUI conviction  a felony with the necessary penalties.


We helped protect our 2nd Amendment rights by allowing Georgians licensed to carry concealed weapons in parks, historic sites, recreation areas, wildlife management areas and prohibiting employers from searching employee vehicles and conditioning employment on regulation of firearms.  This was done through House Bill 89.


We passed a major reform of our medical care system by passing S.B. 433.  The Certificate of Need reforms relaxed outdated regulations that limited health care options available to Georgia citizens by increasing access and competition.  The bill also allowed for a new state-of-the-art cancer hospital to open within 25 miles of the Atlanta airport.


We continued our  effort of bringing transparency to our state government by passing S.B. 300 creating a free, publicly accessible website providing information on state expenditures.  With our efforts to reform the Department of Transportation, we passed two bills that will make them more accountable to the citizens of Georgia.  The first bill, House Bill 1189, will require the Department of Transportation to report on a Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan.  The second bill, S.B. 417, will require DOT to develop and publish benchmarks to provide a time frame for the completion of transportation projects. 


We passed House Bill 948 which continues the popular back-to-school sales tax holiday set for July 31 through August 3 and the energy efficient products sales tax holiday set for October 2-5. 


We passed H.B. 1019, ( lunsford)  a bill that allows communities to fund new road construction using the newly created Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.


 We created a law in H.B. 1159 9 (lunsford) that will give families a $2,000 tax credit for adopting a child in the Georgia foster care system. We allowed home school or private school children to qualify for the HOPE scholarship as well as military or GED recipients

And many many more issues of local or state wide importance.


With these remarkable legislative initiatives passing the General Assembly, with too little fanfare in our media, I think many of us would say that this session was a success.



In conclusion, it has been my privilege to serve as your state representative carrying your needs and beliefs to our state’s capital.  I am honored to be your public servant. I will keep you informed through weekly updates. Your opinions and concerns are important to me and I consider it an honor to serve you at the state capitol and in our district. If you would like to reach me, please call me at (404) 656-7573 or write me at: State Rep. John Lunsford, 401, State Capitol, Atlanta, GA  30334 or e-mail me at