Category: The Forum

Don’t Miss the Bus on Transit

By Benita M. Dodd Most of the large-scale development in Atlanta in recent years has been near transit stations, The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. According to the narrative, corporations are being motivated to move close to MARTA stations because millennial employees prefer staying off the highways and living closer to their jobs.   Interestingly, none of these moves have resulted in improved MARTA ridership. Unlinked rail passenger trips dropped 1.16 percent in the first half of 2017 over the same period in 2016, while bus ridership dropped 3.31 percent. (An unlinked passenger trip is a trip on one transit vehicle; each transfer is counted as a separate “trip.”) This decline is not temporary. It’s a national trend, a result of lower… View Article

Friday Facts: December 29, 2017

It’s Friday! It’s the FINAL Friday of the year. It’s the FINAL Georgia Public Policy Foundation Friday Facts of 2017. And, it’s the FINAL time you’ll see Kelly McCutchen sign off on the Friday Facts. After being at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation since 1993 (the past seven years at its helm), he’s moving on to become executive director of HINRI. He will continue as a Senior Fellow at the Foundation. As you say goodbye to 2017, feel free to send a farewell note to Kelly at KMcCutchen@Georgiapolicy.org. Giants of Georgia’s liberty movement: Larry Reed, president of the Atlanta-based Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), greets Kelly McCutchen at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation… View Article

Friday Facts: December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017 It’s Friday! FRIDAY FACTS is made possible by the generosity of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s donors. If you enjoy the FRIDAY FACTS, please consider making a tax-deductible, year-end contribution to help advance our important mission by clicking here. Kelly McCutchen, president of the Foundation, shown here with Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute of Colorado and Ross Mason at a State Policy Network conference, will leave the Foundation at the end of the year to work with Ross Mason at HINRI. Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. The keynote speaker… View Article

Friday Facts: December 15, 2017

It’s Friday! Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. The keynote speaker is Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi; the topic is “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of note “Some praise at morning what they blame at night, But always think the last opinion right.” – Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Criticism” (1709) “Wise men and fools alike, in varying style, Rush into print, and still, midst books galore, The world grows ever older and more… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Georgia ranks an impressive No. 7 out of all 50 states in the 2017 Economic Freedom of North America report, released this week by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in conjunction with Canada’s Fraser Institute. Georgia scored a total of 7.5 out of 10 in rankings on government spending, taxation and labor market restrictions. Based on 2015 data (the latest available), the Fraser Institute’s 13th annual report measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of states/provinces in the United States, Canada and Mexico support economic freedom. At the top in the United States is New Hampshire, scoring 8.3 out of 10. Ahead of Georgia were Florida and Texas (tied for No. 2, scoring 8.1),… View Article
By Adam N. Michel Adam N. Michel Tax reform is long overdue. The current tax code is suffocating job creation and holding down wages at home. At the same time, it’s giving American businesses far too many reasons to move overseas. Washington has not significantly changed the federal tax system in more than 30 years. Meanwhile, our major foreign competitors – friendly and otherwise – have made their tax schemes far more business- and worker-friendly. As a result, American businesses face one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the world – a rate that crimps their ability to pay higher wages and create more jobs. The good news is that lawmakers in Washington are mounting a serious effort… View Article

Friday Facts: December 8, 2017

It’s Friday! Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will celebrate with a Leadership Breakfast keynoted by Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi, 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. The topic is “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” $30. Register here. Quotes of note “Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.” – Plato “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams “The name of American, which… View Article

Marsy’s Law of Unintended Consequences

By Benita M. Dodd It’s hard to fathom the depth of the pain and suffering of crime victims and families left behind. For Henry Nicholas, the experiences of his family after his sister was murdered inspired his mission to protect victims. A student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas died after being shot in 1983 by her ex-boyfriend, Kerry Conley. Marsy’s brother told The Los Angeles Times: “After the funeral service, we were driving home and stopped at a market so my mother could just run in and get a loaf of bread. And there in the checkout line was my sister’s murderer, glowering at her.” He said the family was not told the killer… View Article

Friday Facts: December 1, 2017

It’s Friday! Events January 23: More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 January 21-27. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation will celebrate with a Leadership Breakfast keynoted by Senior Fellow Ben Scafidi, 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. The topic is “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” $30. Details to follow. From the archives: Three consecutive presidents of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation show off the original shingle that hung at the Foundation’s first offices. Left to right: Kelly McCutchen, Rogers Wade and Griff Doyle. A personal note: The Foundation announced this week that President and CEO Kelly McCutchen will be leaving after nearly 25 years, the past seven spent at the… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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