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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: April 29, 2016

It’s Friday! Then and Now: In 1991, when the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, state government operated a tourist train, hotels, conference centers, golf courses and water parks, which caused us to ask in a commentary, “Can Russia Teach Georgia About Free Enterprise?” Quotes of Note “I applaud Georgia, and Governor Nathan Deal, for demonstrating that making our criminal justice system more fair is a bipartisan idea. Georgia’s latest reform bill touches on school discipline, correctional education for youth, the accuracy of criminal records, fees and fines, and occupational licensing. From the community to the cell block to the courtroom, this bill will both enhance justice and promote safety, serving as an example for the nation.” – President View Article

Friday Facts: April 22, 2016

It’s Friday! Then and Now: In 1991, when the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, 62.1 percent of Georgia high school students graduated on time. In 2015, even as standards toughened, it was 78.8 percent. Source: Georgia Department of Education Quotes of Note “The consequences of an unbridled regulatory regime are not always obvious. There is no ‘regulation compliance’ item on your dinner bill or supermarket receipt. However, the compliance costs of federal regulations totaled nearly $2 trillion in 2012, according to a study commissioned by National Association of Manufacturers. These regulations and the compliance required are not simply the expected costs of doing business. They are passed on to people who struggle to pay their electric bill, to… View Article

Friday Facts: April 15, 2016

It’s Friday! Then and now: Savannah’s iconic Talmadge Bridge was opened in 1991, the year the Foundation was established. Then and Now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, Savannah’s new Talmadge Bridge opened to traffic, with a vertical clearance of 185 feet at high tide. The Savannah harbor deepening project under way will increase the channel’s depth from 42 feet to 47 feet to accommodate larger ships at what is now the nation’s fourth-busiest container port. Quotes of Note  “It is not and cannot become a crime to disagree with a government official. Somewhere along the line, dissent from orthodoxy has transformed from a uniquely American virtue to a crime.” – Kent Lassman “When… View Article

Friday Facts: April 8, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, metro Atlanta’s peak-hour congestion delays averaged 35 hours per commuter and the cost averaged $725. By 2014 (latest data) the cost was $1,130 per commuter for 52 hours of delay annually. The good news? The number of commuters increased 66 percent, the cost of delay grew 55 percent but congestion increased “only” 49 percent. We’re making a dent! Source: Texas Transportation Institute  Quotes of Note  “The property which every man has in his own labor, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable. The patrimony of a poor man lies in the strength… View Article

Friday Facts: April 1, 2016

It’s Friday! Then and Now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the city of Atlanta’s population was about 393,000. Today, that population is 456,000, according to Census Bureau estimates. (At its peak, around 1970, the population of the city was about 496,000.)  Quotes of Note  “Professor Salvador Vidal-Ortiz of American University told his students that capitalism dehumanizes brown people and black people. If his students had one iota of brains, they might ask him why it is that brown and black people all over the world are seeking to flee to countries toward the capitalist end of the economic spectrum rather than the communist end.” – Walter Williams “The next time you worry about… View Article

Friday Facts: March 25, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, a 26-inch RCA color console TV would have cost $1,166.72 in today’s dollars. Today, $1,199 would buy you a 55-inch ultra-HD TV!  Quotes of Note  “All these smaller cities investing billions into rail had better hope their projections of massive benefits come true, because all too soon the rebuild bill will start coming due. If you don’t believe me, just ask Washington.” – Aaron M. Renn  “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt… View Article

Friday Facts: March 18, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, a 10-minute long distance call cost $3.30. Today, a long distance call costs … Wait … What’s long distance?   The Foundation was honored to be acknowledged in the Congressional Record by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson this month in celebration of 25 years of Policy over Politics in Georgia. Quotes of Note  “This battle for ‘common-sense’ gun control laws pits emotion and passion against logic and reason. All too often in such a contest, logic loses. So, expect more meaningless, if not harmful, ‘gun control’ legislation. Good news – if you’re a crook.” – Larry Elder “We might hope to see the finances of… View Article

Friday Facts: March 11, 2016

It’s Friday!  Then and Now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, there were no charter schools in Georgia. The public charter school law was signed in 1994 and the state’s first three charter schools opened in 1995. Today, according to the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia has 110 charter schools, including are 80 start-up charter schools and 30 conversion charter schools, as well as 14 charter systems in Georgia that include 107 schools.  Quotes of Note  “Instead of car-free cities, we are on the threshold of another mobility revolution that will make cars more common than ever: the self-driving car. Among other things, self-driving cars will change where we live and almost completely… View Article

Friday Facts: March 4, 2016

It’s Friday!  Register NOW! The deadline is Tuesday to sign up for the March 10 Leadership Breakfast, “At the Inter$ection of Education and Aging.” How does Georgia fund education when workforce numbers trail the increase in young and the old? Find out from Dr. Matt Ladner, Senior Advisor for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. 8 a.m. at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. $30. Details here; registration here.  Then and Now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, vehicle miles traveled in the nation totaled 2.14 trillion miles. In 2015 (latest data) Americans traveled 3.06 trillion miles, a 43 percent increase.  Quotes of Note  Technology, productivity and globalization have been… View Article

Friday Facts: February 26, 2016

It’s Friday!  Honors: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation was honored with a Senate Resolution Tuesday to mark 25 years of serving Georgia with ideas for limited-government, free-market solutions and promoting “policy over politics.” Accepting the honor in the Senate chamber on behalf of the Foundation were two former presidents of the Foundation, Griff Doyle (1993-97) and T. Rogers Wade (1997-2010), who is also Board Chairman; current President Kelly McCutchen (2011-present) and Vice President Benita Dodd (2003-present). View the video here.  The Georgia State Senate passed a resolution commending the Foundation for 25 years of service to Georgia. Then and now: In 1991, the year the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was established, the average cost of a gallon View Article

Thank you for the great work that the Public Policy Foundation is doing across our state setting a wonderful example. I first ran for the Senate in 1994, and the Foundation was that resource I called upon to be a great help to me as we were articulating positions and formulating public policy initiatives. We appreciate very much your leadership and all that you stand for.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle more quotes