Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow
Joe Coletti is a senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation focused on fiscal policy issues. He previously headed the North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform initiative within the Office of State Budget and Management, which led to changes automotive fleet management, natural and cultural resources, and state contracting. He has spent his career improving operations and strategies at for-profit, nonprofit, and government entities. He has degrees from Johns Hopkins SAIS and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 1)

  • North Carolina may get an auto plant along I-85

    Toyota and Mazda are planning a $1.6 billion joint venture assembly plant that will build Toyota Corolla and an unspecified Mazda crossover. North Carolina may be one of two finalists, with Alabama, for the investment. Not surprisingly, the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite is along the South’s auto industry lifeline, Interstate 85,…
    Joseph Coletti, November 15, 2017
  • The State and Local Tax Deduction makes no sense

    Tax policy is as much about regulation as it is the efficiency and simplicity of raising revenues to pay for government activity. The regulatory aspect is clear in Ronald Reagan’s famous adage: “If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 15, 2017
  • Tax Foundation sees Senate plan boosting economy and incomes

    The Senate’s tax plan would reduce tax rates, broaden the tax base, and spur economic growth in a Tax Foundation dynamic modeling estimate. Nationwide, the effect would be 925,000 new jobs and $2,598 in after-tax income for the average middle-income family. North Carolina would add 27,863 jobs and…
    Joseph Coletti, November 14, 2017
  • Hidden and Independent

    “Building freedom actually doesn’t begin in the media or Hollywood or academia,” writes Stella Morabito in a recent essay on The Federalist. “It begins in the ‘hidden sphere,’ as explained in Soviet-era freedom fighter Vaclav Havel’s essay, ‘The Power of the Powerless.’ This means that the nucleus of…
    Joseph Coletti, November 14, 2017
  • Outside groups sway Virginia elections

    Democrats in Virginia kept their hold on governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, and made significant gains in the House of Delegates. Even if Republicans win all three seats that are too close to call, they will have lost fifteen seats. If the seats go the other way, Democrats…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2017
  • Regulation is killing small banks

    Ellen Brown advocates for states to create government banks like North Dakota has. Her latest article appears on the progressive website Truthout, where it runs alongside a sympathetic interview with Noam Chomsky and pro-Communist essays. But she quotes Rep. Jeb Hensarling approvingly and the title of this post…
    Joseph Coletti, November 3, 2017
  • Subsidy for sports stadiums ends in federal tax plan

    The tax plan is out and all of the moving pieces in it will need to be analyzed, but among the key provisions is one that Julie Tisdale will appreciate: “Tax-exempt bonds could no longer be used to build professional sports stadiums.”…
    Joseph Coletti, November 2, 2017
  • Red and Blue Taxes

    Counties that voted for Donald Trump will not lose as many tax breaks as those that voted for Hillary Clinton. This is visible among some of the surprising similarities and differences the Wall Street Journal found in the effects of federal tax reform on Trump counties and Clinton Counties.
    Joseph Coletti, November 2, 2017