Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: August 31, 2018

It’s Friday! REGISTER NOW! One Day. Four issues. Sixteen Experts. And just one week to the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum! The daylong conference at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel on Friday, September 7, features an exciting lineup of experts on state-focused reforms in criminal justice, health care, education and teacher pensions! Registration is open to the public and includes breakfast and lunch. $100. Register here. Find out more in commentaries here and here or view the agenda here.                       Our condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who lost his battle with cancer on August 25. He was the keynote… View Article

The Black Hole of Camden County’s Spaceport

By Jim Renner My friend works hard at a low-paying job. Every week he buys a lottery ticket, even though he knows the odds of winning are miniscule. For him, it’s inexpensive entertainment. But if he spent half his paycheck on lottery tickets, we’d all agree he was crazy for wasting his money chasing an impossible dream. Camden County, Ga., doesn’t understand this logic. The county administrator and commissioners have spent almost $5 million taxpayer dollars pursuing a fantasy with almost zero chance of success. They dream of building a commercial spaceport for small start-up companies to launch rockets over Cumberland Island National Seashore. They make extravagant claims about creating jobs and attracting businesses, and bemoan the children forced to… View Article
By Senator John McCain John McCain (R-Ariz.), died of cancer on August 25, 2018, at age 81.  The senior senator from Arizona was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 15th anniversary celebration on October 9, 2006. These are excerpts from his speech. These are challenging days. Elections approaching. My party has a tough fight on its hands. Part of the reasons are the difficulties of war, and America’s waning patience with it. Partly, it is just a typical cyclical challenge for the party in power, the sixth year of a presidency. But a part of it is our own fault. And we must not only remind the voters of what we have done to deserve their support,… View Article

Friday Facts: August 24, 2018

It’s Friday! September 7: The 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is a daylong conference at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel on Friday, September 7, featuring an exciting lineup of experts on state-focused reforms in health care, education and pensions! Registration is open to the public and includes breakfast and lunch. $100. Register here. Find out more in commentaries here and here or view the agenda here. September 21: “Rethinking American Highways,” a Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum with Bob Poole, director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation. 11:30 a.m., Georgian Club. $50. Books available for pre-order. Register here.   Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of View Article
By Benita M. Dodd When Site Selection magazine interviewed Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after the state’s fifth consecutive annual win as Top Business Climate in 2017, a major topic was workforce qualification. “Our graduation rates have come up considerably, but is graduating from high school sufficient to get you a job?” asked Deal. He answered his own question: “By and large it is not sufficient. More and more you need some educational skill level beyond high school.” Not every high school graduate is destined for a college degree; not every student graduates high school with ease. Still, every young Georgian deserves the opportunity to become a productive citizen. School choice can help families make responsible decisions to meet their student’s… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Four issues; four times as many experts. In a nutshell, that’s the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 7 in Atlanta. Hosted since 2010 by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, the daylong Forum is described as the “opening act” to Georgia’s legislative session and is modeled after the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (bigger) Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature. This year’s theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Responsibility,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” Criminal justice reform was an integral part of the inaugural Forum in 2010, and it became the prelude to Georgia’s landmark reforms. The Foundation brought in the Texas experts who were the trailblazers; today, Georgia is a national leader among… View Article

Friday Facts: August 17, 2018

It’s Friday! September 7: The 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is a daylong conference at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel on Friday, September 7, featuring an exciting lineup of experts on state-focused reforms in health care, education and pensions! Registration is open to the public and includes breakfast and lunch. $100. Register here. Find out more in today’s commentary or view the agenda here. Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine (1777) “Given the resistance that user-charge proposals frequently generate, whether reasonable or not, it is… View Article

The South Did Rise Again!

By Harold Brown In the first half of the 20th century, the South lost many of its people to northern and western migration. Much of the loss was due to “The Great Migration,” demographers’ term for the movement of black Americans north in search of better jobs and greater freedom. From the 1910s to the 1950s about 4.5 million blacks moved away from the South, along with about the same number of whites. The percentage of blacks living outside the South increased from about 10 percent in the first two decades of the century to nearly half by 1970. Georgia was right in the middle of the exodus. A University of Georgia professor was quoted in The Atlanta Constitution in… View Article

Friday Facts: August 10, 2018

It’s Friday! September 7: Early Bird registration ends SUNDAY for the 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum! Register now for this daylong event on Friday, September 7, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, which includes an exciting lineup of speakers on health care reform, education innovation, pension reform and more! Early Bird registration is $75 until August 12; $100 from August 13. see the agenda here. Subscribe to the Friday Facts here. Support the Foundation and its mission here. Quotes of note “When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily;… View Article

Bus Rapid Transit: Burden Reduced on Taxpayers

By Dave Emanuel Relatively few people use public transit but everyone pays for it. No public transportation system in the country is economically sustained by the fares paid by riders; all are subsidized by taxes. That public transit must be subsidized with tax dollars is recognized by virtually all transportation professionals, but the justification for creating or expanding a transit system is economic development. In essence, “If you build it, few will come but many will spend.” That point is well documented with the Charlotte, N.C., light rail system. A ride on the city’s 18.6-mile long LYNX Blue Line leaves no doubt that there is development along the system.   Construction of housing and commercial buildings is rampant along the newly… View Article

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