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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 →

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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 →

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Friday Facts: July 10, 2020

It’s Friday! Eight Sessions. Eight Think Tanks. One Venue. No Charge. Have you registered? The 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum begins Wednesday, July 15, on Zoom with the opening keynote, “An Education Conversation,” with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education. Because of COVID-19, the event that has been held since 2010 as an in-person, daylong forum has been changed to an eight-week online series. There is no charge, but participants must have authenticated Zoom accounts. Read more here; register here. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: July 3, 2020

It’s Friday! Friday Facts is coming to you a day early to beat the holiday rush! Have you registered yet for the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum? The Forum, hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation since 2010, takes place as a series of weekly Zoom webinar events beginning July 15. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” This year, the Forum comprises eight sessions, including two keynote sessions. The topics: Education; The Budget; Land Use and Transportation; The Economy; Housing; and … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 26, 2020

It’s Friday! Registration for the 2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is now open! Amid the COVID-19 uncertainty, the Foundation canceled plans for an in-person event and scheduled the Forum as a series of weekly Zoom webinar events beginning July 15. The theme is “Wisdom, Justice, Adaptation,” a play on the state motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.” This year, the Forum comprises eight sessions, including two keynote sessions. The topics: Education; The Budget; Land Use and Transportation; The Economy; Housing; and Healthcare. Sign up for the opening keynote session, “An Education Conversation,” … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 19, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 14 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have both condemned Certificate of Need laws, concluding they “impede the efficient performance of the health care markets … create barriers to entry and expansion to the detriment of health care competition and consumers … undercut consumer choice, stifle innovation, … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 12, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 13 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia, and the last day of the public health state of emergency declared by Gov. Brian Kemp. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “The shift to dispersed work …  opens up unique opportunities for parts of the country that have not enjoyed the benefits of tech growth. With two out of three tech workers now willing to leave … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: June 5, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 12 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” – Booker T. Washington “When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” – George Washington “The principle means of supporting … Continue Reading →

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Friday Facts: May 29, 2020

It’s Friday! This is Week 11 of the Friday Facts’ focus on the coronavirus pandemic across the nation and in Georgia. View previous editions here. View the Foundation’s near-term proposals here. Share your ideas: Email us at info@georgiapolicy.org. While the roads across the state have been a little less traveled, the Georgia Department of Transportation has put its overhead signs to good use during the pandemic. Quotes of Note “It is rather tiring having to point this out as often as we do, but it remains the case that people … Continue Reading →