On COVID-19, Don’t Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good

This commentary by Dr. Gary Voccio, Director of Public Health for Northwest Georgia, was published May 3 in Hometown Headlines of Greater Rome and is excerpted with permission. By Dr. Gary Voccio Are we ready to open up? Doesn’t matter. We’re going to; we can’t exist otherwise. The real question is how we reopen in a way that gives us our best chance to stay open. If we do it wrong, the pandemic will speed up again, our hospitals will get overrun again, and we’ll need to go into lockdown … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: March 20, 2020

It’s Friday! This Friday Facts edition is a coronavirus-focused issue, in light of the unprecedented and uncertain situation in Georgia and as officials and communities work on reducing the impact of COVID-19. To share your thoughts and suggestions, please email the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at info@georgiapolicy.org. Read Kyle Wingfield’s update on Foundation operations during the coronavirus outbreak here. Quotes of Note “There is nothing like American business. This is what Adam Smith meant when he talked about ‘the invisible hand’ of the marketplace. No government agency directed these companies … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: March 13, 2020

It’s Friday! Postponed: The Foundation’s event scheduled for Wednesday (March 18) has been postponed out of an abundance of caution. “Brexit: The Good, the Bad and the Messy” will be rescheduled and take place in May instead. Registrations can be refunded or applied to the rescheduled event in May; contact Susan Benson at sbenson@georgiapolicy.org. Quotes of Note “[A] claim that health care is a right does impose obligations upon others. We see that by recognizing that there is no Santa Claus or tooth fairy who gives resources to government to … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: February 28, 2020

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Overall, the evidence indicates that occupational licensing limits workers’ ability to enter professions or move to new areas with greater opportunity.” – Council of Economic Advisors “Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from … 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 →

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 →

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 →

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: October 4, 2019

Just 18% of U.S. households have enough liquid assets to cover the cost of a new car, The Wall Street Journal reports.   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. Quotes of note  “In proportion … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: September 13, 2019

It’s Friday! Events September 18: Register by Monday to attend “License to Work,” a Foundation noon Policy Briefing Luncheon with the Georgians First Commission task force, focused on occupational licensing reforms. The Savannah Golf Club in Savannah. Register here. September 24: America’s Future Foundation and DonorTrust’s Novus Society seek to engage young professionals, entrepreneurs and philanthropists in the liberty movement. They host “Who Killed Civil Society?” a luncheon event in Atlanta featuring Howard Husock, vice president at the Manhattan Institute. $10. Information, registration here. September 26: “The Student-Loan Debt Dilemma” … Continue Reading →

Friday Facts: August 23, 2019

Autonomous driving, robot nurses and Atlanta’s wealth of surveillance cameras.

Friday Facts: August 16, 2019

Middle class on Medicaid?

Friday Facts: July 19, 2019

Chronic loneliness, skipping vacation and ‘Medicare for All’

Friday Facts: June 28, 2019

Save your seat, save some money with Early Bird registration!

Laws Taking Effect July 1, 2019

We provide a summary of Georgia laws taking effect July 1, 2019.

Friday Facts: June 21, 2019

Wildlife comes to town, ride sharing services offer help to transit agencies and troubling criminal justice data.

2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

  2017 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum ‘Wisdom, Justice, Transformation’ Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 Location: Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center 2450 Galleria Parkway; Atlanta, GA  30339 Time: 7:30-8 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Program Lunch included Register Now Here The entire event is open to the public, but registration is required. AGENDA 7:30 – 8:00 – Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 8:15 – Welcome 8:20 – 8:50 – Opening Presentation: Federal Tax Reform and What It Means for Georgia Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist and Vice President for the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the … Continue Reading →