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Lawmakers Have Some Unfinished Business on the Table

By Benita M. Dodd Part two of Georgia’s two-year legislative session is under way. Weather delays notwithstanding, campaign fundraising for this year’s elections is on legislators’ minds so expect a quick 40 days. The governor announced January 10 that he would call a special session if Georgia became a finalist in online behemoth Amazon’s search for its next headquarters. On January 18, Atlanta became one of 20 candidates (out of 238 applicants) that made the first cut. Before legislators rush off, however, there is some important unfinished business on the table since 2017.  Education legislation held over, especially, needs attention. Last year, legislators approved providing grants of $100,000 to fund facilities for public charter schools, which often struggle to pay… View Article
News Release | For Immediate Release January 16, 2018 Contact: Benita Dodd benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Georgia Public Policy Foundation to Mark National School Choice Week, Unveil Study on Georgia’s K-12 Options Dr. Ben Scafidi Atlanta  – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrates National School Choice Week on Tuesday, January 23, with an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at the Georgian Club featuring Foundation Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi. Dr. Scafidi, a professor of economics at Kennesaw State University and national expert on education funding, will unveil his latest study: “Georgia 2020: Educational Opportunity for All K-12 Students in Georgia.” This Leadership Breakfast is open to the public and is expected to draw about 80 attendees, including elected officials, policymakers, business interests and… View Article
By Russ Moore Russ Moore For the fifth year in a row, in 2017 Site Selection Magazine named Georgia the nation’s No. 1 state for business, a significant milestone reached thanks to a singular focus on workforce development.  Two-thirds of jobs nationally require college training shy of a four-year degree. Georgia’s greatest workforce innovation may be how it brings access to college courses and workforce training – in particular, technical training – directly into public high schools through “schools of choice.” Its growing network of “college and career academies” (CCAs) is especially worthy of national attention. This innovation started in Newnan (Coweta County) in 2000; today, Georgia boasts college and career academies from Rome to Brunswick and dozens of points… View Article

Friday Facts: January 12, 2018

It’s Friday! Events January 23: The deadline is January 19 to register for the Foundation’s first event of 2018 on Tuesday, January 23. More than 28,000 events will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 from January 21-27. The Foundation marks this event annually with a Leadership Breakfast. Keynote speaker Dr. Ben Scafidi will unveil his new study, “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 “When Alexander the Great visited the philosopher Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for him, Diogenes is said to have replied: ‘Yes, stand a little less between me and the sun.’ It is… View Article

Friday Facts: January 5, 2018

It’s Friday! Happy New Year! On a personal note: Hearty congratulations to Rogers Wade, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, who has been named to the Georgia Trend 2018 Most Influential Hall of Fame. It’s a tossup whether he’s more excited about the Georgia Trend honor or the fact that his beloved Georgia Bulldogs head to the National Championships against Alabama on Monday!  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 View Article

Technology Can Trump Tough Love

By Benita M. Dodd “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones,” Calvin Coolidge wrote in 1910 to his father, a newly elected senator in Vermont. Coolidge, an advocate of limited government, wrote those words 13 years before becoming the 30th U.S. president in 1923. More than a century later, it seems politicians still need reminding of this imperative. We wrote recently about a proposed victims’ rights constitutional amendment that has had unintended consequences.  Feel-good and tough-love approaches are especially appealing in election years. This year is no exception. Candidates and legislators often woo voters with minimal regard for the cost or consequences of their proposals. Sometimes, efforts to legislate and regulate turn ordinary… View Article
Georgia Public Policy Foundation News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2018 Contact Benita Dodd (benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org) 404-256-4050      Rogers Wade Named to Georgia Trend’s 2018 Most Influential Hall of Fame Rogers Wade (left) with John White and Governor Nathan Deal at the Foundation’s 2011 Freedom Award Dinner, which honored Wade. Rogers Wade, past president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and its current chairman of the Board of Trustees, is one of two people named to the Georgia Trend 2018 Most Influential Hall of Fame. Wade retired as president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation to lead Governor Nathan Deal’s transition team in 2010 and currently serves on the Board of Regents. He has been named to Georgia Trend magazine’s 100… View Article

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

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