Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: March 30, 2018

It’s Friday! Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. ICYMI: A news release last week announced that Kyle Wingfield, opinion columnist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has accepted the position of Foundation president and CEO. Kyle will join the Foundation April 9, succeeding Kelly McCutchen, who moved on in December to become executive director of HINRI, a venture philanthropy organization. Kelly will continue to participate in Georgia policy as a Foundation Senior Fellow. Events April 19: Register here for, “End of Discussion,” a Foundation noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. This book forum features conservative journalist and commentator Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson,… View Article
News Release | For Immediate Release March 23, 2018 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Welcomes Kyle Wingfield as Next President and CEO Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Board of Trustees announced today it has selected Kyle Wingfield, opinion columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as the next president and CEO of Georgia’s free-market think tank. Wingfield, a native of Dalton and graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, was a Wall Street Journal editorial page writer based in Brussels, Belgium, from 2004-2009 before joining The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in May 2009. He will join the Foundation as president in April, filling the position left vacant after Kelly McCutchen resigned in December… View Article
By Daniel Sperling and Steven Polzin This commentary is based on, “Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future,” by Daniel Sperling, published February 2018 (Island Press) Bad news for transit keeps rolling in. Transit ridership declined in 34 of the 40 largest metropolitan areas over the past three years. New York’s subway woes continue, Washington Metro struggles with funding and maintenance and, even in Los Angeles with its massive rail system buildout supported by $120 billion in tax increases over 40 years, ridership is declining. Explanations for declining ridership include low gasoline prices, economic growth, increasing car ownership, immigrants’ fear of using transit, homeless loitering, and safety and security concerns.  While ridership routinely… View Article

Friday Facts: March 23, 2018

It’s Friday!  Events TODAY IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the Foundation’s March 27 Leadership Breakfast, “Second Chances,” 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club. It marks Second Chance Month in April, which celebrates brighter futures for those who have repaid their debt to society. The panel comprises three Georgia leaders who champion “second chances:” Bill McGahan of Georgia Works!, Jay Neal, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia, and Andrea Shelton of Heartbound Ministries $30. Registration/information here. Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “There is a sort of enthusiasm in all projectors, absolutely necessary for their affairs, which makes them proof against the… View Article

Friday Facts: March 16, 2018

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “A market that’s driven by subsidies rather than by economics always fails. Subsidy begets subsidy until the system collapses into absurdity. In Australia’s case, having subsidized renewables, allegedly to save the planet, we’re now faced with subsidizing coal, just to keep the lights on.” – Tony Abbott, “Daring to Doubt” “Vigorous disagreements, expressed with civility and respect, strengthen a democratic and pluralistic culture. Conformity of ideas leads to stagnation and mediocrity.” – Arthur Brooks “[W]e must work together make smart reforms to our safety net programs that restore the dignity of work and guide Georgians out of the cycle of poverty and into the middle class. Every single person has a… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd The average Georgian has never been under the Gold Dome. Many have vague memories of a two-headed calf on display during a State Capitol school field trip. For most Georgians, the closest they get to the General Assembly is their legislator’s local townhall meeting or, if they are really interested, watching legislators in action online. For this reason, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation marks Sunshine Week. In its 18th year and celebrated March 11-17 this year, the event highlights government transparency and access to public information. Transparency is the reason the Foundation has campaigned for years to have elected officials and local government share more data online, accessible to ordinary, working Georgians and the watchdog… View Article

Time is On Our Side in Transforming Georgia Transit

By Baruch Feigenbaum The Georgia General Assembly deserves praise for working to improve transit in Georgia. Two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, focus on the funding and structure of Georgia’s transit systems. Both bills would create a regional board to oversee transit in 13 metro Atlanta counties, allowing the counties to impose sales taxes for transit projects if approved by voters. The regional board would approve the project lists for any county transit referendum but the taxes could only be spent in the county in which they are raised. Metro Atlanta commuters often live and work in different communities, making an oversight board critical. Many regions, including Denver and Washington D.C., have boards that help… View Article

Friday Facts: March 9, 2018

It’s Friday! Events March 27: Second Chance Month in April, sponsored by Prison Fellowship, celebrates brighter futures for those who have repaid their debt to society. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation played a leading role in Georgia’s criminal justice reforms. The Foundation’s March 27 Leadership Breakfast, “Second Chances,” features three Georgia leaders who champion “second chances:” Bill McGahan of Georgia Works, Jay Neal, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia, and Andrea Shelton of Heartbound Ministries $30. 8 a.m., Georgian Club. Registration information at georgiapolicy.org/events. Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “We must own up to the fact that laws and… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Crossover Day, day 28 of Georgia’s legislative session, is the deadline by which legislation must pass out of one chamber into the next in order to have a chance at becoming law. The Georgia House ended its Crossover Day past the midnight hour Thursday. Among the casualties was legislation to establish education savings accounts. This mechanism would have allowed parents to spend their child’s state public education dollars on a menu of pre-approved education services, including private school and tutoring expenses. Not even an amendment to restrict the program to one quarter of 1 percent of the Georgia’s public school enrollment – fewer than 4,500 students – would sway opponents. The Department of Audits and Accounts… View Article

Friday Facts: March 2, 2018

It’s Friday! Events March 27: Second Chance Month in April, sponsored by Prison Fellowship, celebrates brighter futures for those who have repaid their debt to society. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation played a leading role in Georgia’s criminal justice reforms. The Foundation’s March 27 Leadership Breakfast, “Second Chances,” features three Georgia leaders who champion “second chances:” Bill McGahan of Georgia Works, Jay Neal, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia, and Andrea Shelton of Heartbound Ministries $30. 8 a.m., Georgian Club. Registration information at georgiapolicy.org/events. Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “No man is truly great who is great only in… View Article

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