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Bill Maher recently went on a rant about the sharing economy. Our friends at the Free State Foundation have posted a response: “Bill Maher Does Not Understand the Sharing Economy.” Here are two key points in their rebuttal: The shift from owning to renting benefits consumers with lower incomes: Due to the accountability and transparency that many sharing applications provide about their users, the emergence of trust between individuals to share their goods and services has shifted consumer preferences from owning to renting. People who could not afford to own a house, car, or even a power saw can now more easily rent them from others and ultimately enjoy a higher standard of living than they would have… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release August 3, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Clean Power Plan ‘Cleaning out Consumers’ Wallets’ Atlanta – Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, had this to say about the final rules of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan: That the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan by two years for the states is no help. As we pointed out in testimony before the EPA in July 2014, the agency’s promise of “flexibility” and “state leadership” toward building a cleaner power sector is akin to letting a condemned man choose his method of execution: One way or another, it’s the end. Despite… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE July 20, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Hosts Friedman Legacy Day in Savannah July 29 Join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Georgia’s only free-market, state-focused public policy research organization, at the annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City on July 29: a Policy Briefing Luncheon at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. This event, sponsored by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and the Friedman Foundation, celebrates the birthday of Nobel Prize winner and school choice chamption Milton Friedman. Dr. Benjamin Scafidi, Georgia’s foremost education expert, will keynote the event, providing a preview of education issues at the Legislature and a review of the legacy of Milton Friedman.… View Article
A version of this op-ed by Tom Payne, Atlanta resident and board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 18. Access the op-ed online here. Finding Another Way Than ObamaCare By Tom Payne Georgians have a lot at stake in the outcome of the ObamaCare case, King v. Burwell, which will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this month. As a board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the organization leading the litigation, I believe a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs will benefit Georgia’s economy, allow Georgia policymakers to drive down insurance and health care costs, create jobs and help the neediest Georgians gain access to affordable health insurance. For those… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 25, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare: ‘Deeply Disappointing’  Atlanta — Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, which challenged the legality of tax subsidies given to individuals in federally operated exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act: “It is deeply disappointing to hear of the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell, and more importantly, to know the enormous threat it poses to our cherished principles of separation of powers and the rule of law,” McCutchen said.   “Ironically, this week marked the 10th anniversary of the… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 18, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Ray Padrón Joins Georgia Public Policy Foundation Board of Trustees  Atlanta — The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce that Ray Padrón, Managing Partner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Brightworth, an Atlanta-based wealth management company, has joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  “We’re excited that Ray has agreed to join the Board of Trustees of this uniquely Georgia-focused, free-market think tank,” said Rogers Wade, Board Chairman and past president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  “Ray’s active involvement in improving Georgia’s business climate plus his profession as a wealth manager have shown him first-hand the economic impact of… View Article
EVENT INVITATION June 16, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Celebrate Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day in Georgia’s First City! Please join the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Georgia’s First City on Wednesday, July 29, as we take our annual Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day on the road again this year with a luncheon event in the beautiful Stoddard Room at Vic’s On the River in Savannah. Meet Kelly McCutchen, president of Georgia’s only state-focused free-market think tank; Benita Dodd, Foundation vice president, and keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Scafidi,  Georgia’s foremost education expert, at the noon Policy Briefing Luncheon celebrating the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman. Registration is $30; register online here by Monday, July 27. … View Article
Jason Bedrick, policy analyst at the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, testified before the Georgia Education Reform Commission last week and presented recommendations for improving Georgia’s school choice programs. Read a transcript of his remarks here.… View Article

Are Micro-Schools the Future of Education?

Technology is enabling a tremendous amount of innovation in the K-12 space. One interesting development has been dubbed the micro-school. “Micro-schools are gaining traction among families who are dissatisfied with the quality of public schooling options and cannot afford or do not want to pay for a traditional private-school education. These families want an option other than home schooling that will personalize instruction for their child’s needs.” says Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, in a recent article “The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools.” Wired Magazine profiled a micro-school, AltSchool, in its May 2015 edition: Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education. Acton Academy is another model. You can watch co-Founder Jeff… View Article
The Wall Street Journal published an essay by Charles Murray last week, “Regulation Run Amok — And How to Fight Back,” arguing that “America is no longer the land of the free” due to the modern regulatory state. He cites Thomas Jefferson’s definition of good government as one “which shall restrain men from injuring on another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” This presumption of freedom, says Murray, no longer holds. He says that at last count there are nearly 5,000 federal crimes you can commit. He states that “No individual can know how to “obey” laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley (810 pages), the Affordable Care Act (1,024 pages) or… View Article

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