Tag: government reform

Writing for the Reason Foundation on June 16, Jerry Brito notes that the Virginia government’s response to Uber and Lyft is behind the times and a disservice to residents. It’s a warning Georgia should heed. By Jerry Brito Technological innovation sometimes makes laws obsolete. Consider the “Red Flag Laws” of the late 19th century, which required early automobiles traveling on roads to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag in order to warn others on horses of the vehicle’s approach. Today, most states require cars traveling on roads to have a human driver at the wheel—a regulation that to our descendants will sound just as preposterous as flag-waving does to us. Yet how do we get… View Article

Sagebrush Rebellion Redivivus:

William Perry Pendley President, Mountain States Legal Foundation The following is adapted from a speech delivered on April 23, 2014, at a Hillsdale College event in Colorado Springs, Colo. For many or maybe even most Americans, reports that a rancher in Clark County, Nevada, was at odds with federal land bureaucrats, that scores of federal lawyers were litigating against him, and that SWAT-garbed and heavily armed federal law-enforcement officers had surrounded his place might have come as a surprise. They might have been even more surprised, in the wake of this standoff—which ended short of deadly escalation thanks in part to negotiations by a local sheriff—to hear that over 50 elected officials from nine Western states had gathered in Utah… View Article
This op-ed appeared in May 7, 2014 edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Free trade agreements benefit Ga. job creators By Benita Dodd  Georgia businesses have just broken their own record. Thanks largely to booming sales of aircraft components, companies exported $37.6 billion worth of goods last year, up by well over a billion dollars from the previous high the year before. The export sector has been a source of excellent news for a state still recovering from the Great Recession and struggling with joblessness. But the state’s global commercial reach could be even greater. Many countries still erect barriers to keep some American products from competing on a level playing field. The solution: Negotiate tough trade agreements with countries blocking… View Article

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

AJC Quotes Foundation on Tax Breaks

In The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of April 15, 2014, GPPF president Kelly McCutchen was asked his views on the $240 million-plus in tax breaks signed into law. “This haphazard way of doing tax reform is not very effective,” he said.  “I certainly would rather us … undertake comprehensive tax reform so we didn’t have to resort to special tax breaks.” http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/more-than-240-million-in-tax-breaks-signed-into-la/nfZbd/ View Article

Friday Facts: April 11, 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 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast 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 who register by April 15 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… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release February 25, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Releases Study on Retirement Benefits Reform Unfunded Liabilities an Urgent, Growing Burden, Analysis Concludes Atlanta – Across the nation, cities and states are staring at a mountain of unfunded government pension and other employee benefits. For decades, public officials have freely doled out rich benefits to public employees, knowing the bill won’t be due until far in the future; what George Will describes as “‘IBG, YBG:’ I’ll be gone and you’ll be gone when the reckoning arrives.”   Reckoning is rapidly approaching for these governments and the taxpayers who fund them, according to a study released today by the Georgia Public… View Article

Register TODAY for Balanced Budget Amendment Event

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT REMINDER February 24, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Deadline is TODAY to Register for Balanced Budget Amendment Event AtlantaAnd then there were three: Last week the Georgia House of Representatives passed three bills focused on reining in the federal government’s spending. If you’re tired of federal overspending, too, today is your last chance to sign up to attend Wednesday’s event and find out about the legislation aimed at a balanced budget amendment! That’s because today is the deadline to register to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Wednesday Leadership Breakfast, “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment.” The 8 a.m. event at Cobb County’s… View Article

Upcoming Events: Balanced Budget Event; Annual Dinner

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISORY February 20, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Announces 2 Upcoming Events Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is pleased to announce two upcoming events: The Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on February 26 at Cobb County’s Galleria Centre, “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment,” is keynoted by constitutional scholar Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/k55zeht; register online by Monday, February 24 at http://bit.ly/LewuTz. Media interested in attending please contact Benita Dodd. The Foundation’s 2014 Annual Reception and Dinner, keynoted by Daniel Garza View Article

Register for Feb. 26 Event on Balanced Budget Amendment

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT REMINDER February 18, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register for Balanced Budget Amendment Event Atlanta –  Have you registered yet for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s February 26 Leadership Breakfast? Are you tired of federal overspending? Attend, “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment,” an 8 a.m. event at Cobb County’s Galleria Centre to find out how the states can rein in the federal budget. And Georgia can take the lead! Keynoted by constitutional scholar Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute, this event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. NICK DRANIASGoldwater Institute Dranias will discuss the non-partisan effort to promote and seek legislation… View Article

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is our state’s leading organization promoting government transparency. The Secretary of State’s office shares the Foundation’s commitment to transparency and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, which is why our agency was the first in Georgia to publish its budget and spending data on a public transparency website.

Karen Handel, Georgia Secretary of State more quotes