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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: February 15, 2019

It’s Friday! Events March 21: “Shining a Light on Government,” a Leadership Breakfast with Richard Belcher of WSB-TV in celebration of Sunshine Week on Thursday, March 21, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. $30. Information and registration here. May 23: Mark your calendar for a Policy Briefing Luncheon with David French of National Review on Thursday, May 23, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. Details to follow. Quotes of note “Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch and close scrutiny of its public servants and a fair and reasonable estimate of their fidelity and usefulness. Thus is the people’s will impressed upon the whole framework of our civil polity –  municipal, State, and… View Article

Friday Facts: February 8, 2019

It’s Friday! Honors For the second consecutive year, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been named one of the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The Foundation is just one of three state-based, free-market think tanks ranked in that category in the 2018 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report, compiled annually by the program and published last week. Help keep us there by supporting us financially!  Click here. Quotes of note  “We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” – George Washington (1786) “What once helped to diminish ancient prejudices was the American creed that no one View Article

Friday Facts: February 1, 2019

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “Oftentimes, it’s not just about keeping the lights on or reducing carbon emissions. It’s about keeping people alive. Right now, out in the Midwest, nuclear power is doing all three.” – David Gattie “The tax-cut package passed by Congress in December 2017 and signed by President Trump has given our economy a sizable boost. Lawmakers would be wise to lock in those gains by making those cuts permanent. For that matter, they should find other ways to reduce taxes on hard-working Americans.” – Edward J. Feulner  Events February 7: The deadline is Tuesday to register for “Romance of the Rails,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Cato Institute… View Article

Friday Facts: January 25, 2019

It’s Friday! Quotes of note  “Voters might love transit, but that doesn’t mean they plan to ride it. And transit agencies that appeal to voters with pledges to solve traffic woes might be digging themselves into a hole.” – Laura Bliss “The capacity for education choice to be life-changing for families is at the heart of its incredible growth in the states. In 2000, for example, just four school choice programs were in operation in the United States. Today, there are 63 programs supporting private school choice in 29 states and the District of Columbia.” – Kay Cole James “At the local level, land use regulations, such as zoning laws and environmental review delays, have a serious and negative View Article

Friday Facts: January 18, 2019

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” – Thomas Jefferson “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” – Booker T. Washington Events January 22: Have you registered to celebrate National School Choice? Lunch and Learn Tuesday with us at “National School Choice Week: A Capitol Choice,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon in the Empire Room, 20th floor, Sloppy Floyd Building… View Article

Friday Facts: January 11, 2019

It’s Friday! Events January 22: National School Choice Week: A Capitol Choice,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon on Tuesday, January 22. The event is in the Empire Room, 20th floor, Sloppy Floyd Building in Atlanta (opposite the State Capitol). Speakers are Dr. Ashley Berner, deputy director at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, and Georgia Public Policy Foundation Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi, professor of economics at Kennesaw State University. $35. Information and registration here. February 7: Register for “Romance of the Rails,” a Policy Briefing Luncheon with Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute on Thursday, February 7, at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. $35. Information and registration here. Quotes of View Article

Friday Facts: January 4, 2018

It’s Friday! Events January 22: National School Choice Week: A Capitol Choice,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon on Tuesday, January 22. The event is in the Empire Room, 20th floor, Sloppy Floyd Building in Atlanta (opposite the State Capitol). Speakers are Dr. Ashley Berner, deputy director at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, and Georgia Public Policy Foundation Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi, professor of economics at Kennesaw State University. $35. Information and registration here. February 7, 2019: Mark your calendar for “Romance of the Rails,” a Policy Briefing Luncheon with Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute. Details to follow. Quotes of note “In truth, aside from the Washington hysterias, 2018 View Article

Friday Facts: December 28, 2018

It’s Friday! A reminder: Your weekly FRIDAY FACTS is made possible by the generosity of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s donors. As the year draws to a close, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help advance our important mission by clicking hereEvents Early Bird Deadline! Sign up by December 31 to save $10 on registration for  “National School Choice Week: A Capitol Choice,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon on Tuesday, January 22. The event is in the Empire Room, 20th floor, Sloppy Floyd Building in Atlanta (opposite the State Capitol). Speakers are Dr. Ashley Berner, deputy director at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, and Georgia Public Policy Foundation… View Article

Friday Facts: December 21, 2018

It’s Friday! Quotes of note “I choose free libraries as the best agencies for improving the masses of the people, because they give nothing for nothing. They only help those who help themselves. They never pauperize. They reach the aspiring and open to these chief treasures of the world – those stored up in books. A taste for reading drives out lower tastes.” – Andrew Carnegie “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge “As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as… View Article

Friday Facts: December 14, 2018

It’s Friday! Quotes of  Note “Each of us can be happier, and America will start to heal, when we become the kind neighbors and generous friends we wish we had.” – Arthur Brooks “Federal power is increasingly based on the power of the purse and regulation. While the number of federal employees has not grown rapidly in recent years, the share of government spending controlled by the federal government – but often distributed through states and localities – has risen from 3 percent of GDP in 1900 to almost 22 percent in 2016. Every decade has brought more regulations, more agencies and departments, and more expansions of federal authority.” – Joel Kotkin, “Restoring Localism” Events January 22, 2019: View Article

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