Tag: Taxes

A New Model for Local Governance

By Benita M. Dodd Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation What if you created a city that improved services for residents yet avoided the bloat of government bureaucracy and the long-term liability of government pensions? That’s just what happened in 2005 to Sandy Springs, when it became Georgia’s first new city in 50 years. Before it became a city in December 2005, residents of unincorporated Sandy Springs spent three decades complaining about “substandard” county government services despite the high taxes they paid to an inefficient Fulton County government. Their campaign for cityhood followed unsuccessful attempts to annex Sandy Springs into the City of Atlanta. But Sandy Springs’ own efforts to incorporate were repeatedly resisted by the Democrat-controlled… View Article

The Texas Model for Prosperity

How the American Dream is Fueling Economic Growth By Bill Peacock  Back in the depths of the Great Recession, Texas became the target of liberal commentators across the nation, just as the Lone Star State was in the midst of creating more new jobs than the rest of the nation combined. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman led the chorus claiming, “the Texas miracle is a myth, and … offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment.” Of course, it wasn’t the new jobs they minded: it was the fact that the Texas miracle was brought to pass by the Texas model of lower taxes, less regulation and a sound civil justice system. Though there is nothing… View Article

Friday Facts: June 7, 2013

 June 7, 2013  It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” – Daniel Webster  “The ‘private sector’ of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and … the ‘public sector’ is, in fact, the coercive sector.”  – Henry Hazlitt  “Georgia Tech’s online degree, powered by Udacity, is such a game-changer. For the same $7,000 a year that New York City… View Article
Columnist Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in his May 2, 2013, column on a regional approach to transportation: “[T]he state could change the law to allow individual counties to use a different special local-option sales tax, for instance the E-SPLOST, for multiple purposes including transportation. As the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has reported, Georgia ranks eighth nationally in k-12 infrastructure spending and 22nd for all infrastructure — but just 41st in transportation infrastructure. It just might be time for counties to re-prioritize their existing spending, which could include working jointly with other counties on road or transit projects.” http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/kyle-wingfield/2013/may/02/people-are-thinking-more-local-less-centralized/ View Article

Friday Facts: April 26, 2013

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “As your nation grieves for those whose lives the bombers so wantonly and so pointlessly stole, and as it cares for those in whom serious injury has snatched away youth and strength, never apologize for being not only a successful nation but also a good nation, and a good friend to all the Earth.” – Lord Christopher Monckton “What we see on college campuses represents a dereliction of duty by boards of trustees, which bear the ultimate responsibility. Wealthy donors who care about the fraud of higher education should recognize that there’s nothing like the sound of pocketbooks snapping shut to open the closed minds of college administrators.” – Walter Williams “For all of… View Article

Friday Facts: April 19, 2013

 April 19, 2013  It’s Friday! Events April 23: Today is the deadline to register for, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to The Next Level,” the Foundation’s next Leadership Breakfast, at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The moderator is Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with telemedicine expert panelists Dr. Jeffrey English, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman and Paula Guy of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth. The cost is $25 to attend; register online at http://tinyurl.com/ck6v4yt. Find out more at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=9075. (Attire: business, business casual.) Mark your calendar: The Foundation’s May 23 Leadership Breakfast at the Georgian Club will feature education entrepreneur Sajan George discussing, “The Future of View Article
FOUNDATION EVENT REMINDER March 18, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org  Register Now to Attend Foundation Annual Dinner with WSJ’s Stephen Moore Atlanta – Have you reserved your seat yet? The deadline is Wednesday, March 20, to reserve your seat to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation Annual Dinner on Wednesday evening, March 27th, at the Cobb Galleria Ballroom. The keynote speaker is The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore,, a national champion of free enterprise, limited government and personal responsibility. Moore joined The Wall Street Journal as a member of the editorial board and senior economics writer in 2005 and focuses on economic issues, including budget, tax and monetary policy. Moore was the founder and former president… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION March 4, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore Keynotes Foundation Annual Dinner Atlanta – Reserve your seat today for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation Annual Dinner on Wednesday evening, March 27th, at the Cobb Galleria Ballroom. The keynote speaker is Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal, a national champion of free enterprise, limited government and personal responsibility. Moore joined The Wall Street Journal as a member of the editorial board and senior economics writer in 2005 and focuses on economic issues, including budget, tax and monetary policy. Moore was the founder and former president of the Club for Growth, which raises money for political candidates who… View Article

Friday Facts: March 1, 2013

It’s Friday! Events March 19: Capitalism has been demonized; markets are not so free and individual responsibility is becoming passé. How does America turn that around? Join Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, for the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The topic is, “Morality and The Marketplace.” Brook is co-author of “Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.” This event is open to the public and will cost $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/btp5nge; register online at http://tinyurl.com/9wcmz5p. March 27: Invitations will be out soon to the Foundation’s Annual Dinner, which takes place Wednesday, March 27, beginning… View Article

Friday Facts: February 8, 2013

February 8, 2013  It’s Friday! February 19: The Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club, 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, is keynoted by the Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole. In “American Dream, American Nightmare,” he offers an explanation of the forces at play in the housing market in Georgia and in the nation, and how to rebuild the American Dream of homeownership. This event is open to the public and will cost $25 to attend. Find out more at http://tinyurl.com/avnapnh. Register by Friday, February 15, at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Quotes of Note “This is our challenge. And this is why, here in this hall tonight — better than we’ve ever done before — we’ve got to quit… View Article

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