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Friday Facts: December 30, 2016

It’s Friday! It’s been a great 2016 and a game-changing 25 years for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Thank you for your moral and financial support, your input and your friendship. We wish you a 2017 filled with health, prosperity and happiness … and limited government!  Events  January 26, 2017: Typically the Foundation’s first event of the year, the National School Choice Week Leadership Breakfast is keynoted by education expert Dr. Ben Scafidi. The topic is, “National School Week: Where’s The Money?” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration hereFebruary 22, 2017: Mark your calendar! Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Institute for Justice for a Leadership Breakfast and Book Forum with… View Article

New Year, Same Old Streetcar Named Disaster

By Benita M. Dodd Today the city of Atlanta begins Year 3 of operating its much-ballyhooed Atlanta Streetcar System, and so far, all that can be discerned is a lot of bally hooey. This month, the Atlanta City Council approved the final payment to URS for the design-build of the 2.7-mile Atlanta Streetcar project, making the total payment $61,630,655. That was, according to Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza, “$6 million less than URS originally submitted.” Not exactly. The 2014 URS contract authorized by MARTA (the transit authority designated to receive the $47.6 million federal grant for the Streetcar), was $59 million; the original URS contract, based on the preliminary design, was $52.2 million. Asked about the project’s full cost,… View Article

The Top Ten in 2016!

What were the commentaries that most intrigued the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s readers in 2016? We looked back and tracked the top 10 trending items through the year. Here’s the countdown: 10. Applying the Lessons of Criminal Justice Reform to Health Care. Read it here. 9. Welfare-to-Work Helps Georgians Up and Out of Dependency. Read it here.  8. Beyond Medicaid: Health Care for Low-Income Georgians. Read it here. 7. Rome’s Free Clinic: Community Taking Charge. Read it here.  6. Transit’s Future is in Innovation, Not in Trains. Read it here. 5. Few Bright Spots Under The Gold Dome. Read it here. 4. Criminal Justice Reform Unshackles Georgians. Read it here. 3. Poverty Solutions… View Article

Friday Facts: December 23, 2016

It’s Friday! In memoriam:  Our condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Ed Noble, an Atlanta giant who passed away on Dec. 4 at age 88. A visionary who changed Atlanta retail, he developed Lenox Square, one of the first shopping malls in the United States. “Ed was a man of vision and courage,” said former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell. Mr. Noble was a member of the original Board of Governors of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. In gratitude: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation depends on the support of our friends. We are grateful and frugal stewards of your contributions and cherish your trust in us to promote limited government, free enterprise and individual responsibility for 25 years… View Article
Ed Noble, an Atlanta visionary and developer of Lenox Square, one of the nation’s first shopping centers, died on December 4, 2016 at age 88. Mr. Noble was a member of the founding board of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. We appreciate his support and offer our condolences to his friends, family and colleagues.  Below is the obituary for Mr. Noble that was published in The Atlanta  Journal-Constitution. Lenox Square visionary changed Atlanta retail Noble developed one of nation’s 1st shopping centers By Elissa McCrary For the AJC Edward Noble had a vision that changed retailing forever. He was just 28 when he moved to Atlanta in the 1950s with a plan to develop Lenox Square Shopping Center in Buckhead,… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2016 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Celebrates 25 Years, Honors Dr. Michael H. Mescon Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a state-focused, free-market public policy research organization, marked 25 years in Georgia in 2016 with an Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Freedom Award Ceremony on November 11 attended by 250 friends and supporters. The keynote speaker for the event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta was John Stossel of Fox Business Network, 19-time Emmy Award recipient and the host of “Stossel,” a weekly program on Fox Business News. The prestigious Freedom Award, presented by the Foundation to a notable Georgian who has exemplified… View Article

Friday Facts: December 16, 2016

It’s Friday! Events Did you attend our 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Freedom Award on November 11? Click here to view photographs from the event! January 26, 2017: Typically the Foundation’s first event of the year, the National School Choice Week Leadership Breakfast is keynoted by education expert Dr. Ben Scafidi. The topic is, “National School Week: Where’s The Money?” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration hereQuotes of Note “[T]here are guys in my neighborhood that I love, that I respect, that I think have incredible qualities who are not afraid of Mexicans, and not afraid of Muslims, and not afraid of blacks. They’re afraid of their insurance premiums.” –… View Article

The Glacial Update of Georgia’s Water Plan

By Benita M. Dodd Imagine a group project today where everyone must put their electronic devices in a basket and use a blackboard, notepad, pencil, slide rule or manual typewriter. Consider how many people still drive a 1955 or ‘65 Chevrolet on a daily basis. Then ask yourself if it makes sense to operate a state based on a 50-year-old water use plan. All of the above are ineffective, inefficient, illogical and outdated; much has changed over the decades.  Yet Alabama and Florida sought for decades to restrict Georgia to half-century-old water guidance, even as population, water use and demand have changed. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finally moved beyond the tristate blame game and accepted the need… View Article

Friday Facts: December 9, 2016

It’s Friday!  Events   Did you attend our 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Freedom Award on November 11? Click here to view photographs from the event!  December 13: Limited government is not possible without a thriving private and nonprofit sector. Learn about social enterprise, impact investing and venture philanthropy at a free seminar hosted by HINRI, Cherry Bekaert and Geneva Global at the Loews hotel in midtown Atlanta. Register hereJanuary 26, 2017: Typically the Foundation’s first event of the year, the National School Choice Week Leadership Breakfast is keynoted by education expert Dr. Ben Scafidi. The topic is, “National School Week: Where’s The Money?” Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. $30. Information and registration here View Article
By Ronald E. Bachman Selling health insurance policies across state lines has been a key item in Republicans’ health care alternative reform proposals. But only about 5 percent of the policies sold in the United States are to individuals.  There are many reasons for the paucity of sales, including the lack of employer-based tax advantages and inadequate financial value for agents selling policies one at a time. Multiple versions of “cross-state selling” exist. One allows individuals to purchase insurance from any state, in theory increasing choice and circumventing some burdensome and expensive home state coverage mandates. Critics argue that insurance products will be promoted from states with worse coverage and the fewest consumer protections. Another criticism is that insurers will… View Article

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