Tag: Friday Facts

Friday Facts: April 18, 2014

It’s Friday!  Generosity I: Georgia ranks second only to Utah in the percentage of income given to charity, according to the latest “Generosity Index” report of U.S. states and Canadian provinces from the Fraser Institute.   Generosity II: In light of the previous post … Do you enjoy the Friday Facts? If so, we’d like you to remind you of the fine print at the bottom of every edition of the Friday Facts: “FRIDAY FACTS is made possible by the generosity of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s donors. If you enjoy the FRIDAY FACTS, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help advance our important mission by clicking here.” Please contribute. It’s quick, it’s easy and you’ll help… View Article
Read the full article by The Atlantic Cities at http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2014/04/7-reasons-us-infrastructure-projects-cost-way-more-they-should/8799/ By Scott Beyer Republicans have long wanted to reduce Washington’s role in transportation, most recently through a bill that would nearly repeal the gas tax. They argue that by collecting this revenue and redistributing it to the states, the federal government now functions as a wasteful bureaucratic top layer, and that if states could just keep the revenue, more would go towards actual construction. A closer look at existing federal policy strengthens their point. In 2005, the Cato Institute published Gabriel Roth’s paper “Liberating the Roads,” which detailed some of the federal government’s inefficiencies. It included a statement by former Federal Highway Administration head Robert Farris, who… View Article

Friday Facts: April 4, 2014

It’s Friday! Events  April 24: Matt Candler, founder and CEO of 4.0 Schools, keynotes, “School Choice: Big Gains in The Big Easy,” the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. Find out more at http://www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=12626. Register at http://bit.ly/1lmETV5. May 7: Foundation Members get a discount rate of $159 to attend “Health Reform 2.0: The Great Debate,” the first face-to-face debate between two of the nation’s most influential health care experts: John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a key thought leader for free market solutions and Dr. Kenneth Thorpe, who has been a key resource to almost… View Article

Friday Facts: March 28, 2014

It’s Friday!  Events  April 24: Matt Candler, founder and CEO of 404 Schools, keynotes, “School Choice: Big Gains in The Big Easy,” the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. Register at http://bit.ly/1lmETV5. Quotes of Note  “The fact that only a small percentage of medical errors are dealt with in the malpractice system suggests that it’s not a system. It deals in an incredibly inefficient way with a small percentage of the actual errors and in such a way that it does not make the performance of the overall system better. It’s not addressing why the error was made in… View Article

Friday Facts: March 21, 2014

It’s Friday!  Georgia lost a great man and a great leader this week with the death of Bo Callaway. We send our sincerest condolences to his family. Events Monday is the deadline to register for the Foundation’s March 26 Leadership Breakfast, “Georgia Legislative Roundup.” Join Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield and Eric Cochling, vice president of Policy Development at the Georgia Center for Opportunity, at 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club to recap the 2014 Georgia Legislative Session and what’s on tap for 2015. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend: Find out more and register at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=12276. Quotes of Note “I have no doubt that the nation has suffered more from… View Article

Friday Facts: March 14, 2014

It’s Friday!  Events  March 26: Join Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield and Eric Cochling, vice president of Policy Development at the Georgia Center for Opportunity, at the Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast, “Georgia Legislative Roundup.” The discussion at Cobb County’s Georgian Club will focus on the 2014 Georgia Legislative Session and the General Assembly’s business on tap for 2015. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend: Find out more and register at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=12276.   Quotes of Note  “[T]he first lesson to teach the poor man is that, as a whole, the wealth in the community is distinctly beneficial to him; that he is better off in the long run because other men… View Article

Friday Facts: March 7, 2014

It’s Friday! What they’re saying about the Foundation: Watch Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute credit the Foundation for helping educate Georgians about a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Quotes of Note  “I see, … and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. … It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to… View Article

Friday Facts: February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014 It’s Friday! Events  Please join us at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Annual Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, March 5 as we celebrate 23 years of promoting liberty in Georgia! The event is at the Cobb Galleria Centre, with keynote speaker Daniel Garza, a first-generation American who is the inspiring executive director of the LIBRE Initiative. Find out more about Garza and the event here. See Kelly McCutchen explain the significance of the event here. Quotes of Note “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” – Thomas Jefferson “It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to… View Article

Friday Facts: February 21, 2014

It’s Friday! Events February 26: Tired of Washington’s out-of-control spending? The Georgia House of Representatives passed three different approaches to a federal balanced budget amendment yesterday. Which one is best? Feel like you need a constitutional scholar to sort out the arguments? You are in luck! The deadline is MONDAY to register for the Foundation’s February 26 Leadership Breakfast, focusing on the “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget.” Keynoted by Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute, the 8 a.m. event at the Galleria Centre in Cobb County is open to the public; registration is $25 per person. Find out more here; register online by Monday, February 24, at http://bit.ly/LewuTz. (Please note: This View Article

Friday Facts: February 14, 2014

It’s Friday! Events February 26: Tired of Washington’s out-of-control spending? The Foundation’s February 26 Leadership Breakfast focuses on the “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget,” keynoted by Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute. The 8 a.m. event at the Galleria Centre in Cobb County is open to the public; registration is $25 per person. Find out more here; register online by Monday, February 24, at http://bit.ly/LewuTz. (Please note: This event is NOT at the Georgian Club.) March 5: The Foundation celebrates 23 years of promoting liberty in Georgia at its Annual Dinner at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The keynote speaker is Daniel Garza, a first-generation American who is the inspiring executive director… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

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