Category: The Forum

By Benita M. Dodd Tim Huelskamp, speaking at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, told attendees, “I spent six years in Washington and it’s still the same today: The real action, the real opportunities for growth and actually reinvigorating a freedom movement in this country actually is here in Georgia, in every state in this Union.” (Third in a series on the speakers at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum held in Atlanta on October 13, 2017) When the Georgia Public Policy Foundation invited Tim Huelskamp to be the lunch keynote speaker for the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in Atlanta, the former Kansas Congressman readily agreed, with one caveat: He had to get back home to Illinois that day… View Article

Friday Facts: November 17, 2017

It’s Friday! Dr. Michael H. Mescon, (seated, left) the recipient of the Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award, is congratulated by keynote speaker John Stossel (center) of Fox Business Network and Dr. David Martin, who presented the Freedom Award at the Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration on November 11, 2016. (Photograph by Bill Adler) We’re saddened to share with you the news of the passing of Dr. Michael H. Mescon, the 2016 recipient of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award at the Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration. The Freedom Award is presented by the Foundation to a notable Georgian who has exemplified the principles of private enterprise and personal integrity.  Quotes of note “Whereas it is the duty of all nations… View Article

New Report Lauds Transit Contracting

By Baruch Feigenbaum In late September, the Eno Center for Transportation released “A Bid for Better Transit,” a report focused on improving transit service via contracted operations. I recommend reading this well-written report, which provides a snapshot of contracting throughout the world. U.S. transit service has long been among the worst in the developed world. One of the biggest differences between U.S. and European agencies is the prevalence of contracting for services. In Europe contracting out is a normal procedure. But in this country, contracting is bitterly fought by unions, urban Democrats and some transit rider groups as inherently inferior to directly operated service. The Eno report starts by providing a history of U.S. transit operations. It reminds… View Article
Dr. Michael H. Mescon, (seated, left) the recipient of the Foundation’s  Freedom Award, is congratulated by keynote speaker John Stossel (center) of Fox Business Network and Dr. David Martin, who presented the Freedom Award at the Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration on November 11, 2016. (Photograph by Bill Adler) Atlanta — Dr. Michael “Mike” H. Mescon, 2016 recipient of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Freedom Award, “father of economic education in Georgia,” and the man The Wall Street Journal once called “the Pied Piper of Private Enterprise,” passed away in Atlanta Sunday night. He was 87. Sharing the news of Dr. Mescon’s death in an email today, Dr. David Martin, a longtime friend, said, “He leaves us all with a wonderful… View Article

Despite the Hype, Changes in Sea Level Turn on a Dime

By Harold Brown Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Anybody paying attention to 2017’s hurricanes and, even more recently, the Paris Agreement, is aware that political posturing amplifies how complicated and controversial is the science of climate change and, with it, sea level rise. Environmentalist activists see sea level rise as a catastrophe in the making – the simple result of melting glaciers and ice caps and warming of the oceans. But the complications mire this in controversy ever since global warming became popular. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, the global sea level rose at the “very likely” rate of 1.7 millimeters per year from 1901-2010. Therein lies one of the complexities. Imagine the difficulty… View Article

Friday Facts: November 10, 2017

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “From the first shots of the American Revolution until this day, what has distinguished American Patriots then and now is their willingness to sacrifice all in defense of Liberty — for themselves and their posterity. It’s an unfortunate truth today, however, that too many Americans know too little of such devotion and sacrifice. This week, we observe Veterans Day, first designated Armistice Day marking the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Supreme Allied Commander of World War II, signed legislation formally changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.” – Mark Alexander “It is the soldier,… View Article

2017 Forum Delivers on Education Innovation

By Benita M. Dodd Vicki Davis (left) and Gordon Rogers shared their thoughts on education transformation at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in October. Ask around the Gold Dome whether Georgians can expect significant reform in education in 2018 and you’ll probably hear, “It’s an election year; nobody wants to rock the boat.” Ask those who heard Vicki Davis and Gordon Rogers outline opportunities in Georgia education during their talks at the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum and you’ll hear optimism: Change can still happen, for students, teachers and classrooms. Davis’ infectious enthusiasm reflects why the teacher from the tiny town of Camilla, Ga. – blogger “Cool Cat Teacher” – has 138,000 Twitter followers, hosts two iTunes chart-topping podcasts… View Article

Friday Facts: November 3, 2017

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “What can only be taught by the rod and with blows will not lead to much good; they will not remain pious any longer than the rod is behind them.” – Martin Luther, who posted his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church in Germany 500 years ago this week and launching the Protestant Reformation “Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don’t… View Article

Friday Facts: October 27, 2017

It’s Friday! Something to celebrate: Today is the 230th anniversary of the day the first in the series of Federalist Papers was published. Most Americans have no idea that these 85 essays exist, let alone why. The Federalist Papers Project explains: Between October 1787 and May 1788, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay undertook what was essentially a public relations campaign to encourage New York to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Though the members of the Constitutional Convention had already approved the document as of September 17, 1787, it could not go into effect until at least nine states ratified it. … Hamilton, Madison, and Jay worked together to compose a series of 85 articles, published variously in four New… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd With politics and the weather in unusual and untimely states of flux in 2017, the 2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum was undoubtedly one of the most difficult to organize since the Georgia Public Policy Foundation established the event in 2010. Happily, the annual Forum produced some remarkable, practical solutions to policy challenges in Georgia. About 150 attendees attended the daylong session October 13 in Atlanta, learning from speakers about tax, health care and education reforms specific to Georgia. The morning keynote speaker, chief economist Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council, shared his optimism about the GOP framework proposed for federal tax reform, noting that it has been more than 30 years since President Reagan… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

Dan Amos, CEO, AFLAC more quotes