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Friday Facts

Friday Facts: July 8th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “A sure way to get America back to work and grow our economy is to lift the burden of debt that creates uncertainty among job creators and threatens the financial well-being of the United States. The quickest way to further stall economic growth is to raise taxes on American families under the guise of fiscal responsibility.” — U.S. Rep. Tom Price Taxes – Buckeye Tax Cuts: Ohio passed tax cuts this year eliminating the estate tax, reducing personal income tax rates from 6.2 to 5.8 percent and cutting property taxes by $1.7 billion. Source: Wall Street Journal Health care Argument for price transparencyPatients pay as much as 683 percent more for the same View Article

Friday Facts: July 1st, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” – Declaration of View Article

Friday Facts: June 24th, 2011

It’s Friday! Education – The largest portion of special education spending goes to special education teachers, who are trained in the law, know how to identify disabilities, and are steeped in theories of learning, according to Nate Levenson, a former Massachusetts superintendent. In “Something Has Got to Change: Rethinking Special Education,” Levenson says these teachers “are not, however, trained in math, English, or reading, even though most of a special education teacher’s day … is spent providing academic instruction.” He flags one district where special ed teachers provided 100 percent of extra reading help even though only 5 percent of the teachers had been trained to teach reading. Source:American Enterprise Institute Liberty and freedom Georgia ranks 15th View Article

Friday Facts: June 10th, 2011

It’s Friday! Rule of law – “The law passed on partisan lines by Congress last year blatantly violates the U.S. Constitution by mandating Americans to enter the marketplace and purchase products. This direct assault on individual liberty exceeds Congress’s enumerated powers.” – Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, on the Obamacare lawsuit argued in federal court this week in Atlanta – Penumbras and emanations: “The Majority repeatedly states that the 1983 Constitution grants ‘exclusive authority’ to local districts over public education. There is no such grant, whatsoever, in the Constitution.” –  McKenna Long & Aldridge brief seeking reconsideration of the recent Georgia Supreme Court ruling that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission is unconstitutional Education – Take less than… View Article

Friday Facts: June 3rd, 2011

It’s Friday! – Your donations to support the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s campaign for limited government, individual accountability and market-oriented solutions are life-changing for Georgians. Please help celebrate the 20th anniversary of this state’s only free-market public policy organization with a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. Donate at Quotations – “Legislators of both parties allow bureaucrats to report a budget shortfall as the difference between what the governor wants to spend (not the current budget) vs. the revenue forecast.  We have not found any state that reports a shortfall as the difference between the current level of spending and the revenue forecast. Thus, most shortfalls are highly inflated and in most cases are the results of overspending in… View Article

Friday Facts: May 27th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” -William Havard – “Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes – Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth.”  – W.J. Cameron Energy and environment – Climategate update: The University of Virginia was hauled into court this week and ordered to produce communications involving Dr. Michael Mann stored on a backup computer, more than four months after the American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center requested the emails and other files.… View Article

Friday Facts: May 20th, 2011

It’s Friday! Health care – Up, up and away: U.S. employers can expect an 8.5 percent increase in their medical costs next year due in some part to the health care reform law, the consulting firm PwC said in its annual report. The report points to three main drivers of health care costs, two of which are exacerbated by the new law: Consolidation among hospitals and physicians because of the law is predicted to reduce competition and increase rates; increased cost-shifting to private plans as Medicare and Medicaid rates fall further behind the rates private plans pay to providers; and stress-induced illnesses following the recession. – Georgia’s sole proprietors and self-employed will be able to buy out-of-state health insurance policies… View Article

Friday Facts: May 13th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – Save the date: The Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration is scheduled for the evening of Monday, October 24. Details to follow. – Save the date: The Foundation’s second annual Legislative Policy Briefing is scheduled for Friday, September 30. Last year, more than 250 people attended to hear nearly three dozen experts discuss Georgia public policy. Details to follow. – If you’ve attended a Foundation event recently, don’t forget to follow up with a visit to the Foundation’s Facebook page and view the photographs! Go to Quotations – “We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when… View Article

Friday Facts: May 6th, 2011

It’s Friday! Events – Tuesday is the deadline to register for the “The Battle,” the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon on Thursday, May 12, at the Georgian Club in Cobb County. The keynote speaker is Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. The cost to attend this event is $35. To find out more and register, go to – Thursday, May 19: The 2011 National Manufacturing Summit takes place at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton. Based on the idea that manufacturing is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and a driving factor behind its position as a dominant force in the global marketplace, the summit features prominent speakers sharing their views… View Article

Friday Facts: April 29th, 2011

It’s Friday! Quotations – “The fact is higher tax rates could increase total revenue or they could decrease it. Conversely, lower tax rates could decrease total revenue or they could increase it. It all depends on the specific tax and the size of the increase or decrease. And whether there are viable options (e.g., tax shelters) to avoid the higher tax rates. The president’s deficit commission seemed to understand this principle. And until the president does, we will make very little progress solving the federal debt problem.” – Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar, Institute for Policy Innovation Events – Thursday, May 12: Noon Policy Briefing Luncheon, “The Battle,” at the Georgian Club in Cobb County, hosted by the… View Article

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