Tag: Transportation

Friday Facts: January 9, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The (state) Constitution clearly says that all taxes derived from the sale of motor fuel has to be put on transportation … so I think that, before we answer anything from anybody else, we have to go there first.” – Georgia Senator Steve Gooch, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman “People who pay for their own consumption don’t have the luxury of being able to pretend that tradeoffs don’t exist. Walk into a BMW dealership and announce, ‘I want a 7-series at Hyundai prices!’ and the dealer will laugh at you.” – Michael Cannon “[W]hat if we simply flipped transit-oriented development on its head? Call it development-oriented transit. In short, look to add… View Article

Make Foundation’s 2015 Wish List a To-Do List

By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s, “Guide to the Issues 2014,” serves as a guideline and benchmark for Georgia’s part-time General Assembly as elected officials weigh proposals for 2015-2016. The Guide exists not just because the Foundation wants things done “our” way, although that would be reassuring, but because elected officials frequently enter office as single-issue candidates: They don’t like their taxes; they’re concerned about their health care plan, their child’s education or the other guy. Then they’re campaigning or are elected to office and a reporter calls to ask how they feel about, say, stormwater utilities, defined contribution retirement plans or charter schools. Fortunately, since 1991, when the Foundation was established, our… View Article

Transit findings’ not-so-silver linings

This op-ed by Benita Dodd, vice president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 6, 2015. By Benita Dodd An Onion report that 98 percent of Americans surveyed favor public transportation – for other commuters – is one that, since its publication in 2000, remains probably the satirical newsletter’s most reality-based article. Just this past November, an Atlanta Regional Commission survey found 70 percent of people in metro Atlanta – and 79 percent in Clayton County – consider public transportation “very important” to the region. Why is this relevant? The Census Bureau reports that just 3 percent of metro Atlanta residents use public transportation. The ARC omitted asking respondents whether they feel the… View Article

Transit Should Stay off Tracks and on the Road

By Baruch Feigenbaum BARUCH FEIGENBAUMTransportation AnalystReason Foundation This legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly is expected to tackle transportation reform, with many hoping lawmakers address both roadways and transit. It appears they will: At a recent transportation industry gathering, state leaders including Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle detailed the importance of transit. Unfortunately, Metro Atlanta has one of the most deficient transit systems of any major metro area in the country. A recent Brookings Institution study ranked Atlanta 10th worst in the country for combined access to transit and employment. Transit serves only 38 percent of metro Atlanta residents. Only 22 percent of jobs are accessible by transit. Only 3.4 percent of jobs are a 45-minute, one-way commute via transit. Only… View Article

Friday Facts: December 5, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.” – Calvin Coolidge “Overregulation corrupts citizens and weakens the rule of law.” – Lawrence Lessig “The interest of the nation in the proper fulfillment of the law’s requirements cannot yield to opposition and demonstrations by some few persons. Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower Support Tuesday was “Giving Day,” and Benita Dodd wrote about the importance of supporting your state think tank. Donate here. Remember, too, that you can support the Foundation every time you shop at Amazon.… View Article

Friday Facts: November 21, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” – James Wilson “… I say, that Power must never be trusted without a check.” John Adams “Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln Support We’re closing in on the end of the year! Have you made your annual contribution to the Foundation to… View Article

Friday Facts: November 14, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government – in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.” – Milton Friedman “The problem with government regulation of the Internet is that by the time the government studies how it works and what is needed, technology has moved on.” – Jeffrey Dorfman Technology Foundation out and about: Benita Dodd, vice president of the… View Article

Friday Facts: October 24, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “The next time you hear an alarming speech about ‘global warming’ on Earth Day, just remember that the first Earth Day featured alarms about the danger of a new ice age.” – Thomas Sowell “It is important not to allow the lure of federal grant dollars to define our state’s mission and programs. More federal dollars do not necessarily equal success, especially when those dollars come with requirements and conditions that will not help – and may even hinder – running a successful program of our own making.” – Mike Pence, Indiana governor Events October 28: The Atlanta Jewish Academy hosts a free panel discussion by the Jewish Policy Center, “The Middle View Article

Friday Facts: October 10, 2013

It’s Friday!  Kudos Rogers Wade, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and former president of the Foundation, was presented with the University of Georgia Blue Key Service Award on October 3 in Athens. Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow at the Foundation and an assistant professor at the Gwinnett College School of Education, was honored as one of UGA’s 2014 40 Under 40 at a September 18 banquet at the Georgia Aquarium. Quotes of Note “When wealthy liberals attempt to demonstrate their own charita­ble bona fides by insisting that taxes should be raised, conservatives seethe. It is easy to be generous with other people’s money, and the idea that support for higher taxes is a mark of good… View Article

Transit Tall Tales and Coping With Too Much Money

Randal O’Toole, The Antiplanner According to pro-rail transit Metro magazine, American cities face a dilemma: The demand for rail transit continues to grow, yet there is a scarcity of federal dollars to pay for it. In fact, most of the things the article says are wrong or, at least, they indicate that cities have too much money, not a shortage. If it weren’t for this surfeit of funds, cities wouldn’t plan ridiculously expensive rail lines that, in most cases, do nothing for transit riders or transportation users in general. This is shown by all of the examples in the Metro article. Los Angeles’ Westside Subway will be less than four miles long yet is expected to cost well over… View Article

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