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This post was sent to readers of the Friday Facts on December 4, 2015, by Foundation President Kelly McCutchen. Nine months ago, Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd headed down the road for a fact-finding day trip to Dublin, Ga., to research an article marking the one-year anniversary of Dublin City Schools’ solar energy project. “What started out as a commentary on Sunshine Week and the solar project’s anniversary led to a trail of lofty projections, broken promises, unpaid bills, questionable math and taxpayers left on the hook,” we noted back in March. Nobody had reported yet on the financial mess involving the solar industry in Dublin. “The financial fallout is likely to grow, but a cloud of hush surrounding the… View Article

Friday Facts: December 4, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Today’s the deadline! Register TODAY to attend, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a summit and luncheon on Tuesday, December 8 hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and featuring experts from the Reason Foundation and Allovue. The keynote speaker is Lisa Snell, Director of Education Reason. Open to the public. 10:30-1:30 p.m. at The Gallery, Cobb Galleria Centre. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of Note “One of the standard pieces of Econ 101 that we try manfully to get across to people is that if you raise the price of something then people will buy less of it. … And this is important about the minimum wage debate. If… View Article

Friday Facts: November 20, 2015

It’s Friday!  A personal note: Our condolences to those affected recently by terrorism in France and elsewhere. “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” – Dalai Lama XIV Events December 8: Register by December 4 to attend, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a summit and luncheon hosted featuring experts from the Reason Foundation and Allovue.10:30-1:30 p.m. at The Gallery, Cobb Galleria Centre. $30. Registration and information here. Have you seen our Giving Tuesday posts? We’re at No. 13 today! Visit our Facebook page and follow as we… View Article

This Thanksgiving, Call Us ‘Thank Tanks’

By Benita M. Dodd As terrorists were detonating deadly bombs in Beirut, hundreds of liberty-minded activists from around the world were gathered in New York City for the annual Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum. There were hijabs, gaucho hats and more as representatives of  465 free-market organizations from more than 80 countries mingled with policy leaders and representatives from America’s state-based free-market think tanks. As terrorists were detonating deadly bombs in Paris, hundreds of liberty-minded activists were heading home, strengthened with the intellectual armor to champion liberty. They returned home to take on misguided progressives in some cases and brutal oppression in other cases. The Free Market Foundation of South Africa’s representatives at the Atlas Liberty Forum met their South African-American… View Article

Friday Facts: November 6, 2015

It’s Friday!  Giving Tuesday is December 1. Follow daily on our Facebook page as we count down the reasons you should not contribute to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation!  Quotes of Note “I have the wallet rule: If you go out on Friday night with your wallet, then the following Friday with my wallet, [on] which Friday night will you have more fun? The problem with government is that it’s always someone else’s wallet, and the Friday night party never ends.” – Seton Motley  “The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1808 [S]chools do not exist to… View Article

Halloween, ‘Sugar’ and The Right To Try

Are you ready for Halloween? I’m looking forward to good weather and good times with the hordes of trick-or-treaters this evening! Whenever Halloween and the predictions of “sugar highs” come around, I’m reminded of my mother. She had what she called “sugar.” When she died in 2012, having spent more than a painful decade as a bedridden amputee, she had battled Type 2 Diabetes for more than 40 years. The memories are mostly happy thoughts, though, because we were fortunate to have my mother in our lives nearly 75 years. I never did get to meet my grandmother: My mother was just 15 when her 45-year-old mother succumbed to the same insidious disease. It’s one of the reasons I monitor… View Article

Friday Facts: October 30, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money.” – David Crockett “Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34 “Government thrives on our fears. When we’re scared, politicians are always there, promising to protect us if we just give them more money and power. We usually do.” –… View Article

Opportunity’s Knocking Hard at Georgia’s Door

By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Six years after the economic downturn, the job market for able-bodied adults in Georgia remains one of the worst in the nation, according to recent figures. The challenge is not insurmountable, but strengthening the job market and Georgia’s economy requires the buy-in of this state’s policy-makers. Georgia has experienced the second-largest decline in the nation in the employment rate for 25- to 54-year-olds – the prime working years – the Pew Center reports. Today, there are 5.4 fewer working 25- to 54-year-olds out of every 100 than there were in 2007. Only New Mexico beat out Georgia for last place. Add to that the startling numbers that led to Georgia’s slate of criminal… View Article

Friday Facts: October 16, 2015

It’s Friday! Events December 8: Register to attend, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a summit and luncheon hosted featuring experts from the Reason Foundation and Allovue.10:30-1:30 p.m. at The Gallery, Cobb Galleria Centre. $30. Registration and information here. Quotes of Note “A coalition of sentiments is not for the interest of printers… [T]he printers can never leave us in a state of perfect rest and union of opinion. They would be no longer useful and would have to go to the plough.” – Thomas Jefferson “Lecture series in the car schooling. Tutoring in the coffee shop schooling. Socratic dialogue while brother plays the organ at church schooling. Classes at co-op schooling. Music lesson schooling.… View Article

Friday Facts: October 9, 2015

It’s Friday! Events Today’s the deadline! Register today to attend the nonpartisan Sixth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. Join us Thursday, October 15 as legislators and other thought leaders from across Georgia learn from national experts how “Opportunity” knocks in Georgia. This daylong event’s theme is “Wisdom, Justice and Opportunity,” Details here. Registration is $125 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. Register here. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Benita Dodd. December 8: Mark your calendar! The Foundation hosts, “The Case for K-12 Student-Based Budgeting in Georgia,” a panel discussion at The Cobb Galleria. Details to follow. Quotes of Note “In selecting men for office, let principle be… View Article

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