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By Benita M. Dodd One of the major missions in establishing the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 1991 was to provide a “resource bank” for elected officials, policy-makers and citizens interested in implementing commonsense policy in a limited-government environment to facilitate a thriving state economy. Understanding the limited research staff that lawmakers can access regarding Georgia-focused issues, the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21, brings experts and analysts from across the nation to Atlanta.  At this nonpartisan event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, attendees will hear views on moving the state past “the recent unpleasantness” that has roiled the economy. This year, as in the past two years,… View Article

Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy

By Lawrence W. Reed The following contains excerpts from a speech given by Larry Reed, an adjunct scholar with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and president of the Midland, Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, to the Economic Club of Detroit in 2001.The speech outlines key principles that should provide valuable guidance to all current and future policymakers. …I know that this Club has heard many policy addresses by many leaders in government, business and academia-policy addresses that dealt in some detail with specific pressing issues of the day, from transportation to education to health care and countless other important topics. At the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, our specialty is researching and recommending detailed prescriptions for today’s policy questions,… View Article
The Georgia General Assembly voted for school choice during the 2012 legislative session, passing legislation to give voters a say on state-authorized public charter schools. On Thursday, April 26, at 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast features two legislative leaders at the forefront of the bipartisan campaign for the constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in November. The event’s speakers are Rep. Jan Jones, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Georgia House of Representatives, and Georgia House Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, who will provide an overview of education issues addressed by the Legislature and what lies ahead. This event is $25 to attend. Register by Tuesday, April 24, 2012, online at… View Article
Atlanta – If you have not registered yet, please note that Tuesday is the deadline to reserve your seat for “Georgia Health Care Update,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, March 22, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, this event comes just days before the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the 2010 federal health care law and Georgia anticipates the aftermath. The speakers are Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and health care expert Ronald E. Bachman. Register at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk for the event, which will cost $25 to attend. Sam Olens was sworn in as Georgia’s Attorney General on January 10, 2011, after which Georgia’s Office of the Attorney General… View Article
Atlanta – As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider arguments regarding the constitutionality of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Georgia anticipates the aftermath, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and health care expert Ronald E. Bachman will provide a timely “Georgia Health Care Update,” at a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. This Leadership Breakfast will cost $25 to attend. Sam Olens was sworn in as Georgia’s Attorney General on January 10, 2011, after which Georgia’s Office of the Attorney General became part of a 26-state coalition and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) challenging the… View Article
Atlanta – The topic is “Education, Entrepreneurship, and How Technology is Transforming the World by Transforming Both,” as PayPal founder Dr. Rod D. Martin, an education philanthropist, keynotes a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Register to attend this event at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk. Dr. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager and conservative activist especially noted for his role as a senior member of the startup team at PayPal.com. PayPal, the Silicon Valley legend that has become the dominant payments provider on the Internet, was launched during the dot-com bust by a team whose average age was just 23 and amassed more than… View Article
Atlanta – The registration deadline for the Foundation’s first event of 2012 is today! If you haven’t yet registered, go tohttp://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk today to sign up for “Breaking Down Barriers to High Quality Education in Georgia,” the Leadership Breakfast Celebrating National School Choice Week, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion features Lisa Kelly, president of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program; Dean Alford, president and chief executive officer of Allied Energy Services, and Lisa Gillis, president of Integrated Educational Strategies. Dean Alford , a former five-term Georgia state representative, is President and CEO of Allied Energy Services and chairman of the board of directors of the Technical College System of Georgia. From 2003 to… View Article
Atlanta – The registration deadline for the Foundation’s first event of 2012 is less than a week away! If you haven’t yet registered, go to http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk today to sign up for “Breaking Down Barriers to High Quality Education in Georgia,” the Leadership Breakfast Celebrating National School Choice Week, at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club.     The panel discussion features Lisa Kelly, president of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program; Dean Alford, president and chief executive officer of Allied Energy Services, and Lisa Gillis, president of Integrated Educational Strategies.     Dean Alford, a former five-term Georgia state representative, is President and CEO of Allied Energy Services and chairman of the board of… View Article
Atlanta – Registration is now open online at http://tinyurl.com/7ldaqnk for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s first event of 2012. Celebrating National School Choice Week, “Breaking Down Barriers to High Quality Education in Georgia” is the topic of the Leadership Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion features Lisa Kelly, president of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program; Dean Alford, president and chief executive officer of Allied Energy Services, and Lisa Gillis, president of Integrated Educational Strategies. Dean Alford , a former five-term Georgia state representative, is President and CEO of Allied Energy Services and chairman of the board of directors of the Technical College System of Georgia. From 2003 to… View Article
Atlanta – With regional transportation challenges front and center in Georgia, the smart growth role model takes on the poster child for sprawl at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s final Leadership Breakfast of 2011, scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The topic is “Portland: Model or Maverick?” and keynote speaker John Charles, president and CEO of Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute, will discuss whether Portland’s “smart growth” approach to land use regulation and transportation policy is workable for metro Atlanta, often referred to as the “poster child for urban sprawl.” Charles has led the Cascade Policy Institute since May 2005. Before joining Cascade, he was executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council for 17 years,… View Article

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