Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: October 28th, 2011

It’s Friday! – Thank you for your support! About 400 friends and supporters celebrated the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award dinner on Monday evening at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. At the event to honor our Freedom Award recipient, Rogers Wade, were Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. We also took the opportunity to recognize Hank McCamish for his role as our founder. Economy – More tricks, less treat: Halloween candy prices are monstrously high this year. What does that have to do with the price of sugar? Nearly everything: U.S. sugar prices are twice as high as the rest of the world because government price controls hinder competition, the National Center for… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen and Benita M. Dodd The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s reputation is based on its commitment to getting the facts right. In retrospect, one of the few mistakes – or regrets – of the founders of this respected organization 20 years ago was to include the word “foundation” in the name. That’s because unlike typical “foundations,” this Foundation does not give away money. It specializes in saving money – Georgia taxpayers’ money. How does the Foundation do this? Consider the landscape at the Legislature before a group of concerned businesspeople realized the need for an organization to consider policy over politics in educating legislators on the impact of their laws on business, and those laws’ ripple effect on… View Article

Friday Facts: October 21st, 2011

It’s Friday! – Deadline: Reserve your seat by noon today for the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award dinner. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta with a reception. Joining the event to honor the Freedom Award recipient, Rogers Wade, are Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Tickets to the reception and dinner are $150 per person; tables and sponsorships are also available. Show your support for the Foundation and share in this milestone celebration. Go tohttp://tinyurl.com/3kwyxf6.   Economy – Need some good news? Four encouraging developments: 1) Last week, U.S. lawmakers approved the long-awaited free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South… View Article

Friday Facts: October 14th, 2011

It’s Friday! – The Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award dinner begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. Joining the event to honor the Freedom Award recipient, Rogers Wade, are Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Tickets to the reception and dinner are $150 per person; tables and sponsorships are also available. Show your support for the Foundation and share our milestone celebration. Go to http://tinyurl.com/3kwyxf6.   Quotations – “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.… View Article
MACON – Georgia children who attend charter public schools are typically boxed into smaller facilities that have inadequate library, science, art, music, cafeteria and physical education resources compared to traditional public schools.  That is the conclusion of a six-month study highlighted last week during the Georgia Charter Schools Association ninth annual conference. “Charter schools are in a facilities crisis,” GCSA President and CEO Tony Roberts told the Public Policy Foundation.  “The only way to alleviate that is for them to receive per pupil funding for facilities so they can afford to lease or buy facilities.”  Georgia start-up charter public schools do not receive facilities funds. Traditional public schools receive facility funds by several means. Georgia instituted competitive public schools facilities… View Article
MACON – Hundreds of charter public school advocates who traveled here last week heard Apple founder Steve Jobs remembered, discussion about a proposed national legal defense fund to help protect charter schools that are under legal assault and they heard a glimpse about what might come after No Child Left Behind. But if they were hoping to hear about a resolution to who can authorize charter schools in Georgia, that wasn’t happening. Georgia – once considered a national leader in alternative authorization for charter schools – took a significant step in another direction — some say backward — in May when the state Supreme Court ruled that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission was unconstitutional. The decision returned authorization solely to… View Article

Friday Facts: October 7th, 2011

It’s Friday! It's a fact - No Friday Facts or commentary today because … - The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is busy moving … into new quarters this week. Our new address is 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 214, Atlanta, GA 30339. We're next to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, right off I-75. Y'all come on down and celebrate our new home!   It's a fact … – October 24: Please join us as the Foundation celebrates its 20th birthday! Invitations have been mailed for the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award dinner, scheduled for the evening of Monday, Oct. 24, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. Speakers include Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson of… View Article

Friday Facts: October 7th, 2011

It’s Friday! It's a fact - No Friday Facts or commentary today because … - The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is busy moving … into new quarters this week. Our new address is 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 214, Atlanta, GA 30339. We're next to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, right off I-75. Y'all come on down and celebrate our new home!   It's a fact … – October 24: Please join us as the Foundation celebrates its 20th birthday! Invitations have been mailed for the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award dinner, scheduled for the evening of Monday, Oct. 24, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. Speakers include Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson of… View Article

It’s so often a lack of information that keeps us from getting involved. The Foundation is doing for the public what many could not do for themselves. Anytime that we’re given the truth, people can make good decisions.

Deen Day Smith, Chairman of the Board, Cecil B. Day Investment Company more quotes