Tag: government

Who makes your charitable giving?

Who chooses your charities? Is it appropriate that government increase its budget to increase giving YOUR tax dollars to charities and other nonprofit organizations? Is it appropriate that government decide winners and losers using your tax dollars? Or is it government overreach? According to news reports: Cobb County’s Commission doled out nearly $1 million in 2014 to 23 applicants. Sandy Springs’ City Council allocated $50,000 to nine nonprofits in 2014. This week, according to Nonprofit Quarterly  and the Savannah Morning News, the City of Tybee Island discussed raising the city’s contribution from $57,902 this year to more than $100,000 next year. As James Madison once said, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” And Grover Cleveland… View Article

Some Cool Ideas to Combat Hot Air

By Benita M. Dodd The National Center for Policy Analysis has just reissued a “cool” 2009 paper in which Iain Murray and H. Sterling Burnett outlined 10 policies to reduce carbon emissions. I have an issue with the first sentence of their paper: “Global warming is a reality. But whether it is a serious problem — and whether emis­sions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases from human fossil fuel use are the principal cause — are uncertain. The current debate over the U.S. response to climate change centers on greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies, which are likely to impose substantially higher costs to society than global warming might.” My issue is that I don’t believe that opening… View Article

A New Model for Local Governance

By Benita M. Dodd What if you created a city that improved services for residents yet avoided the bloat of government bureaucracy and the long-term liability of government pensions? That’s just what happened in 2005 to Sandy Springs, when it became Georgia’s first new city in 50 years. Before it became a city in December 2005, residents of unincorporated Sandy Springs spent three decades complaining about “substandard” county government services despite the high taxes they paid to an inefficient Fulton County government. Their campaign for cityhood followed unsuccessful attempts to annex Sandy Springs into the City of Atlanta. But Sandy Springs’ own efforts to incorporate were repeatedly resisted by the Democrat-controlled Legislature, which rejected a referendum because Fulton County resisted… View Article

The Texas Model for Prosperity

How the American Dream is Fueling Economic Growth By Bill Peacock  Back in the depths of the Great Recession, Texas became the target of liberal commentators across the nation, just as the Lone Star State was in the midst of creating more new jobs than the rest of the nation combined. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman led the chorus claiming, “the Texas miracle is a myth, and … offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment.” Of course, it wasn’t the new jobs they minded: it was the fact that the Texas miracle was brought to pass by the Texas model of lower taxes, less regulation and a sound civil justice system. Though there is nothing… View Article

State Property Leases Could Get a New Lease on Life

By Benita M. Dodd There are two constitutional amendments on the ballot in Georgia for voters to consider on November 6. To borrow a word revived in the American lexicon by Vice President Joe Biden, there has been much malarkey in the debate regarding Amendment No. 1, which would provide more public charter school options. Few voters, however, are even aware of Amendment No. 2, which would allow the state to enter multi-year property lease agreements. Georgia’s State Properties Commission, responsible for the inventory of all owned or leased state government facilities and property, has a database of 1,800 leases, 15,000 buildings and 1.1 million acres. The Commission says a longstanding interpretation of the Georgia Constitution limits the state to… View Article

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Deen Day Smith, Chairman of the Board, Cecil B. Day Investment Company more quotes