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Atlanta – The topic is “Education, Entrepreneurship, and How Technology is Transforming the World by Transforming Both,” as PayPal founder Dr. Rod D. Martin, an education philanthropist, keynotes a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Register to attend this event at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Dr. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager and conservative activist especially noted for his role as a senior member of the startup team at PayPal.com. PayPal, the Silicon Valley legend that has become the dominant payments provider on the Internet, was launched during the dot-com bust by a team whose average age was just 23 and amassed more than… View Article
Atlanta – The registration deadline for the Foundation’s first event of 2012 is today! If you haven’t yet registered, go tohttp://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk today to sign up for “Breaking Down Barriers to High Quality Education in Georgia,” the Leadership Breakfast Celebrating National School Choice Week, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion features Lisa Kelly, president of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program; Dean Alford, president and chief executive officer of Allied Energy Services, and Lisa Gillis, president of Integrated Educational Strategies. Dean Alford , a former five-term Georgia state representative, is President and CEO of Allied Energy Services and chairman of the board of directors of the Technical College System of Georgia. From 2003 to… View Article
Atlanta – The registration deadline for the Foundation’s first event of 2012 is less than a week away! If you haven’t yet registered, go to http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk today to sign up for “Breaking Down Barriers to High Quality Education in Georgia,” the Leadership Breakfast Celebrating National School Choice Week, at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.     The panel discussion features Lisa Kelly, president of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program; Dean Alford, president and chief executive officer of Allied Energy Services, and Lisa Gillis, president of Integrated Educational Strategies.     Dean Alford, a former five-term Georgia state representative, is President and CEO of Allied Energy Services and chairman of the board of… View Article
Atlanta – Registration is now open online at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s first event of 2012. Celebrating National School Choice Week, “Breaking Down Barriers to High Quality Education in Georgia” is the topic of the Leadership Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion features Lisa Kelly, president of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program; Dean Alford, president and chief executive officer of Allied Energy Services, and Lisa Gillis, president of Integrated Educational Strategies. Dean Alford , a former five-term Georgia state representative, is President and CEO of Allied Energy Services and chairman of the board of directors of the Technical College System of Georgia. From 2003 to… View Article
Atlanta – With regional transportation challenges front and center in Georgia, the smart growth role model takes on the poster child for sprawl at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s final Leadership Breakfast of 2011, scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The topic is “Portland: Model or Maverick?” and keynote speaker John Charles, president and CEO of Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute, will discuss whether Portland’s “smart growth” approach to land use regulation and transportation policy is workable for metro Atlanta, often referred to as the “poster child for urban sprawl.” Charles has led the Cascade Policy Institute since May 2005. Before joining Cascade, he was executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council for 17 years,… 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

Right on Crime Sees Georgia as Ready for Reform

Atlanta – Right on Crime, a nationwide criminal justice reform initiative, today launched a state-based effort in Georgia to educate policy-makers about the commonsense corrections system reforms that have safely contained prison costs in states like Texas. The announcement comes in advance of Georgia’s Criminal Justice Reform Council releasing its recommendations for the Legislature in November 2011. “Today, almost a half million people are under correctional control in Georgia, costing the state more than $1 billion annually,” said Kelly McCutchen, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and a Right on Crime signatory. “The Criminal Justice Reform Council and the Georgia State legislature will need to take bold steps to transform our expensive corrections system. Right on Crime’s… View Article

Whatever Happened to Free Enterprise?

Commentary Whatever Happened to Free Enterprise? By Ronald Reagan Government, by going outside its proper province, has caused many, if not most, of the problems that vex us. How much are we to blame for what has happened? Beginning with the traumatic experience of the Great Depression, we the people have turned more and more to government for answers that government has neither the right nor the capacity to provide. Unfortunately, government as an institution always tends to increase in size and power, and so government attempted to provide the answers. The result is a fourth branch of government added to the traditional three of executive, legislative and judicial: a vast federal bureaucracy that is now being imitated in too… View Article
By Sunny Park Sunny Park was born in 1942 in Seoul, South Korea. After coming to the United States in 1967 and gaining full citizenship in 1974, he became a successful businessman and an active member of his community. As a relative newcomer to this country, he is concerned that America’s youth are not being taught, and consequently do not fully appreciate, the principles their forbearers fought for in creating the freest nation on Earth and how fortunate they are to be Americans.  As an immigrant, I have personally learned and benefitted from the tremendous value of this great country, the United States of America. I think it can be summarized as follows: • Freedom — A people willing to… View Article

Has Government Abandoned Its Founding Principles?

By Amos R. McMullian History does not repeat itself. Human nature repeats itself. It is the nature of humans to stray from the straight and narrow — from sin, and back again; from peace to war and back again; from poverty to prosperity and back to poverty again. It is the nature of humans to forget this, and they need to be reminded. This cycle of human nature goes on in both the people and in their leaders. Sometimes the people are wrong. Sometimes the leadership is wrong. Sometimes both of them are wrong. Bad public policy causes people to suffer. Our Founding Fathers understood human nature. They understood that incentives matter and they knew that government can destroy wealth… View Article

“I am here today to thank the Georgia Public Policy Foundation for your role in building a fiscally conservative, pro-growth state. Not only did you help pave the way for a new generation of leadership, you continue to provide key policy advice and to hold us accountable to the principles we ran on. In short, you have had a transforming influence on this state. We are healthier, stronger, and better managed because of your efforts.

State Senator Eric Johnson, President pro tempore, Georgia State Senate more quotes