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Friday Facts: February 14, 2020

It’s Friday! Events Mark your calendars: March 18: “Brexit: The Good, the Bad and the Messy,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon focusing on the United Kingdom at the end of nearly a half-century of European Union membership. Join Andrew Staunton, British Consul-General in Atlanta, and Zilvinas Silenas, President of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and former President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute, for a discussion moderated by Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kyle Wingfield. Wingfield was a Brussels-based correspondent for The Wall Street Journal before moving to Atlanta. … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: February 7, 2020

It’s Friday! For the third consecutive year, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been named one of the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks!” In a survey released last week, the Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation – a sister think tank in the State Policy Network – were the only U.S. state-based free-market think tanks ranked as “Best Independent Think Tanks” in the 2019 Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. Read the news release here. Were you at … Continue Reading →

News Release: Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List

News Release | For Immediate Release January 31, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd at benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Named to Global ‘Best Independent Think Tanks’ List Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been named one of the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” of 2019 in a survey released this week by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation – a sister think tank in the State Policy Network – are the only U.S. state-based free-market think tanks ranked as “Best Independent … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: January 31, 2020

It’s Friday! About 300 friends and supporters joined us Tuesday night at the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta for the Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner. The keynote speaker was John A. Allison, board member and former CEO of the Cato Institute and the retired chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp. (recently renamed Truist). Through the years, the Foundation has presented the prestigious Freedom Award to a notable Georgian who has exemplified the principles of private enterprise and personal integrity. The 2019 recipient, honored at the event, is Sunny K. Park, “CEJ” … Continue Reading →

Freedom Award 2019

News Release: 300 Join in Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration

NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release January 29, 2020 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) 300 Join in Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration Atlanta –  More than 300 friends and supporters joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta Tuesday night (January 28) for the Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner. The keynote speaker was John A. Allison, board member and former CEO of the Cato Institute and the retired chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp. (recently renamed Truist). Through the years, the Foundation has presented the prestigious Freedom Award to a notable Georgian … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: January 24, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “When I was studying economics in college in the 1970s, the professors and the textbooks instructed us that an unemployment rate of about 4% was ‘full employment.’ Can’t go any lower than that. How good is the job picture today? We now have an unemployment rate a half a percentage point below full employment. So, on a scale of 1 to 10, how does this job market rate? It’s an 11!” – Stephen Moore “Medicaid expansion sounds like a great deal, but in the end … Continue Reading →

No Reason to Call Off the Tax Cut Promised to Georgians  

By Kyle Wingfield Call it the Tale of the Uber Driver and the Farmer. No, they aren’t walking into a bar together or running an endurance race with a moral at the end. But they do offer a likely explanation for why Georgia’s tax revenues are lagging – and why legislators writing the budget need not lose too much sleep, or their nerve. Start with the Uber Driver, shorthand for anyone who has taken up working in the gig economy. Most rideshare drivers I’ve met have a similar story: They … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: January 17, 2020

It’s Friday! January 28: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner is almost here! The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, January 22. Join the celebration in the Egyptian Ballroom at the fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28. The keynote speaker is John A. Allison, retired CEO of BB&T and the Cato Institute. The Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award will be presented to Sunny K. Park, philanthropist, businessman, motivational speaker and a great Georgian. Find more information here; contact Kennedy@georgiapolicy.org for sponsorship information. Quotes of Note “Let’s face … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: January 10, 2020

It’s Friday! January 28: We’re just 18 days away from the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner on January 28! Join us in the Egyptian Ballroom at the fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28. The keynote speaker is John A. Allison, retired CEO of BB&T and the Cato Institute. The Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award will be presented to Sunny K. Park, philanthropist, businessman, motivational speaker and a great Georgian. Find more information here; contact Kennedy@georgiapolicy.org for sponsorship information. Quotes of Note “Why did Americans stop trusting their … Continue Reading →

2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum (with video links to sessions)

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Friday Facts: January 3, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” – Thomas Jefferson “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin “It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.” – W. Somerset Maugham News and events January 28: Have you received your personal invitation? The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrates … Continue Reading →

Georgia Public Policy Foundation Friday Facts: December 20, 2019

It’s Friday! News and events January 28, 2020: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrates 29 years of policy over politics with an Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner in the Egyptian Ballroom at the fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28! The keynote speaker is John A. Allison, retired CEO of BB&T and the Cato Institute. The Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award will be presented to Sunny K. Park. Find more information here; contact Kennedy@georgiapolicy.org for sponsorship information. January 23, 2020: The Conservative Policy Leadership Institute hosts its annual Legacy Dinner … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: December 13, 2019

It’s Friday! News and events January 28, 2020: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrates 29 years of policy over politics with an Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner in the Egyptian Ballroom of the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28! The keynote speaker is John A. Allison, retired CEO of BB&T and the Cato Institute. The Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award will be presented to Sunny K. Park. Find more information here; contact Kennedy@georgiapolicy.org for sponsorship information. We’re hiring: The Foundation is in search of a Policy and Research Director to … Continue Reading →

News Release: Foundation Hails Special Master’s Proposal in Florida-Georgia Water Dispute

News Release | For Immediate Release December 12, 2019 Contact: Benita Dodd  benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org (404-256-4050) Foundation Hails Special Master’s Proposal in Florida-Georgia Water Dispute Atlanta – Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, released this statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court Special Master’s recommendation in the 6-year-old “water wars” dispute between Florida and Georgia: The finding by New Mexico federal Judge Paul Kelly is the only reasonable outcome after Florida’s unfounded accusations. While couched in environmental concerns, the cap Florida sought on Georgia’s water usage in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin through 2050 has … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: December 6, 2019

It’s Friday! News and events January 28, 2020: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation celebrates 29 years of policy over politics with an Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner in the Egyptian Ballroom of the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28! The keynote speaker is John A. Allison, retired CEO of BB&T and the Cato Institute. The Foundation’s prestigious Freedom Award will be presented to Sunny K. Park. Information here. We’re hiring: The Foundation is in search of a Policy and Research Director to work with the President and Vice President … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: November 22, 2019

It’s Friday! Events January 28, 2020: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner will take place in the Egyptian Ballroom of the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28!  Details to follow.  Quotes of note  “The real problem is that socialism makes things expensive. Why run buses when you can earn political favors by spending billions building rail lines? Why bother negotiating with unions when you can get their votes by agreeing to their demands for high pay and generous pensions? Why bother being efficient when you … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: November 15, 2019

It’s Friday! Events Today’s the day: The Foundation is hosting the 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. We hope to see you there! January 28, 2020: Mark your calendar for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28! Quotes of note  “Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless other citizens and other classes have been forced to send it in. If every person draws from the … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: November 8, 2019

It’s Friday! Events November 15: It’s just one week away! The 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum comes to the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly on Friday, November 15. Five issues. Five think tanks. One day! Learn about education, healthcare, opportunity, regulation and transportation for Georgia. Registration is $100 for the daylong event. The theme: “Wisdom, Justice, Mobility.” Read about it here; register here. January 28, 2020: Mark your calendar for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Anniversary Celebration and Freedom Award Dinner at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 28! Quotes of note  … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: November 1, 2019

It’s Friday!  Volunteer. Donate. Review. Thanks to our supporters for helping the Georgia Public Policy Foundation earn its 2019 badge as a Great Nonprofits’ “Top-Rated Nonprofit,” the second consecutive year we’ve achieved this honor. Click here to read reviews of the Foundation!   Events It’s just two weeks away! The 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, featuring five think tanks, five policy issues and nearly two dozen policy experts and leaders, takes place November 15.  Learn about education, healthcare, opportunity, regulation and transportation opportunities for Georgia. Registration is $100 for the … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: October 25, 2019

It’s Friday! Events November 15: The agenda is online for the 2019 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which features nearly two dozen policy experts and leaders on issues affecting Georgia: education, healthcare, opportunity, regulation and transportation. Registration is $100 for the daylong event on Friday, November 15, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. The theme: “Wisdom, Justice, Mobility.” Read about it here; register here. January 28: Save the date! The Foundation’s Freedom Award Dinner, honoring a Georgian who has contributed greatly to liberty in our state, will be held Tuesday, January 28, … Continue Reading →