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Friday Facts: October 23, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” – Vince Lombardi “Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.” – Keith Ellison “If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle, which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote. It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution.” – James Madison Economy Ranking the … Continue Reading →

Tax and Spend Tuesday: What’s in Store for YOUR Wallet?

Tax and Spend Tuesday: October 20, 2020 Welcome to the inaugural edition of Tax and Spend Tuesday, a roundup of news, views and policy proposals affecting your paycheck and pocketbook! The candidates: Our friends at the Tax Foundation have analyzed the tax plans of the presidential candidates. Democrat Joe Biden promises to cut taxes for Americans earning less than $400,000. Those making more, however will face double-digit tax increases, including higher taxes on individual income, capital gains and payroll. He would also raise the 21% corporate income tax rate to … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: October 19, 2020

Checking Up On Health We’re back! After a three-year hiatus, “Checking Up On Health” is returning to the Foundation’s pages as part of Medical Monday. Look for our weekly healthcare- and technology-related policy news, views and commentaries. Looking back: President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment and apparent speedy recovery have been in the spotlight, especially amid the heated upcoming presidential election. This president isn’t the first to have to deal with illness during his term. Today, everyone knows about FDR’s polio, but it wasn’t common knowledge among voters then. Did you … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: October 16, 2020

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms – in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble. There is no question that this Country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort. But the solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment.” – William S. Stickland IV, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: October 9, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Wealth inequality is indeed increasing, the country does need more tax revenue, and special interests can get government favors. But none of these reasons justifies a wealth tax, which could damage the economy while raising little revenue. Instead, a better solution for raising additional revenue would be to remove the many existing distortions in the tax system.” – Manhattan Institute “Concerns about social media use and its impact on teen mental and social health were widespread before the pandemic, but it could be particularly troubling … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: October 2, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Rather than looking to our celebrities or other influential figures, it’s time to look around us. The family structure builds strong character among men and women, which furthers strong communities, and which collectively creates and sustains a strong nation.” – Armstrong Williams “Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: September 25, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Justice is not often easy. It does not fit the mold of public opinion, and it does not conform to shifting standards. It answers only to the facts and to the law.” – Daniel Cameron, Attorney General of Kentucky “Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, who died September 18, 2020 “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” – John Adams (1787) Transportation Hazards of autonomy: A major … Continue Reading →

Foundation Signs National Letter on Healthcare Reforms

The following is an open letter published September 23, 2020, to the American people from 68 leaders participating in the Health Policy Consensus Group. The full list of signatories, who include Kyle Wingfield and Chris Denson, follows the letter. What’s Needed for Health Care Reform: Personalized Care That Puts You and Your Doctor in Charge The nation faces a clear choice between two paths for America’s health care future: One path is largely controlled by the government, where you get few choices and no options to escape. The other is controlled by you … Continue Reading →

Transportation: 2020 Guide to the Issues

Principles: Traffic congestion, while inconvenient, is a sign of a thriving economy. Transportation policy must focus on improving mobility and relieving congestion. To the extent possible, users should pay. Use objective criteria when weighing transportation options. Download the Transportation Chapter of the 2020 Guide to the Issues here Read the full 2020 Guide to the Issues Recommendations Overview: Embrace funding alternatives. Expand the metro Atlanta express toll lanes into a seamless network. Improve arterial mobility and add managed arterials. Develop alternative freight routes. Adopt transit solutions that are flexible and … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: September 18, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Good intentions toward a laudable end are not enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge.” – William S. Stickman IV, U.S. District Judge “A legislative act contrary to the Constitution is not law.” – John Marshall “America is a great country. It has many shortcomings, many social inequalities, and it’s tragic that the problem of the blacks wasn’t solved 50 or even a hundred years ago, but it’s still a great country, a country full of opportunities, of freedom! Does it seem nothing … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: September 11, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “I called President Bush and I said, ‘You can’t come back here; the United States is under attack.’ And the rest of the day was dealing with the reality that American security would never be the same.” – Condoleezza Rice “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: September 4, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “U.S. debt has reached its highest level compared to the size of the economy since World War II and is projected to exceed it next year, the result of a giant fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic. … That would put the U.S. in the company of a handful of nations with debt loads that exceed their economies, including Japan, Italy and Greece.” –  Wall Street Journal “In one sense, this deficit bug is only a symptom of the real virus. Today’s federal government bears almost no resemblance … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: August 28, 2020

It’s Friday! The 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum ended this week after eight sessions that began July 15. Click on the links to view each session – Zoom webinars – on the Foundation’s YouTube channel here. July 15 opening keynote, “An Education Conversation” with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education July 21 panel session, “Opportunities for Education Adaptation” July 28 panel session, “Budget Calisthenics” August 4 panel session, “The Changing Views of Land Use and Transportation” August 11 panel session, “The Economy: Effects and Expectations” August 18 panel session, “Affordable … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: August 21, 2020

It’s Friday! The 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum enters its final week! Click on the links for information and registration for next week’s Zoom sessions: August 25 panel discussion: “Healthcare: The Diagnosis, The Prognosis” August 27 closing keynote speech: “A Constitution Conversation,” with Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton. There is no charge to register, but participants must have an authenticated Zoom account. Read more here. The Forum’s theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” The topics: Education; The Budget; Land … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: August 14, 2020

It’s Friday! The 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum has passed the halfway mark. Find information and registration for upcoming sessions: August 18: “Affordable Housing or Housing Affordability?” August 25: “Healthcare: The Diagnosis, The Prognosis” August 27: Closing Keynote, with Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton There is no charge to register for this series, but participants must have an authenticated Zoom account. Read more here. The Forum’s theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” The topics: Education; The Budget; Land Use and … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: August 7, 2020

It’s Friday! Don’t miss a session of the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. The Foundation is recording each Zoom session for our YouTube channel! View the July 15 opening keynote, “An Education Conversation” with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, here. View the July 21 panel session, “Opportunities for Education Adaptation,” here. View the July 28 panel session, “Budget Calisthenics,” View the August 4 panel session, “The Changing Views of Land Use and Transportation,” here. Register here for the next session, “The Economy: Effects and Expectations,” on Tuesday, August 11, … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: July 31, 2020

It’s Friday! Looking for the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum? The Foundation is recording each Zoom session for our YouTube channel! View the July 15 opening keynote, “An Education Conversation” with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, here. View the July 21 panel session, “Opportunities for Education Adaptation,” here, and the July 28 panel session, “Budget Calisthenics,” here. Register here for “The Changing Views of Land Use and Transportation,” on Tuesday, August 4, at 11 a.m. Moderated by Ashley Jenkins, the panel features Baruch Feigenbaum, Senior Managing Director of Transportation … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: July 24, 2020

It’s Friday! Did you miss the first two Zoom events of the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum? View the opening keynote, “An Education Conversation” with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, on the Foundation’s YouTube Channel here. View the first panel session, “Opportunities for Education Adaptation,” here. Register now for “Budget Calisthenics,” on Tuesday, July 28. Moderated by Chris Denson, the Foundation’s Director of Policy and Research, the panel features Georgia Congressman Tom Graves, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and ranking member on its Financial Services and General … Continue Reading →

Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones on Education: ‘One Size Does Not Fit All’

By Jan Jones I participated in a Georgia Public Policy Foundation virtual panel on July 21 to discuss what changes might come about in K-12 education during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the midst of a stunning and changing time. This includes school systems, teachers and parents preparing for the fall term when Georgia’s children will return to learning, a lot in an online format. My role as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Georgia House of Representatives puts me in different communities across our state. I’ve observed … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: July 17, 2020

It’s Friday! Did you miss the opening keynote speaker at the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum? U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was the opening keynote speaker Wednesday for the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, an eight-week series on Zoom. (Find more information here.) View “An Education Conversation,” with DeVos and Foundation President Kyle Wingfield, on the Foundation’s YouTube Channel here. The Zoom series continues on Tuesday, July 21, with the first panel session: “Opportunities for Education Adaptation.” Moderated by Foundation Senior Fellow Eric Wearne, the panel features Georgia State Rep. … Continue Reading →