Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 27)

  • State budgets across the country

    State revenues across the country are growing at 2.5%, but increasing expenses for schools and health care mean appropriations will grow 3.5% without focused attention on policy and process changes to restrain spending, says National Conference of State Legislatures Executive Director William Pound in the most recent episode of NCSL’s…
    Joseph Coletti, January 11, 2018
  • Toyota-Mazda to Alabama

    Sam Hieb has already covered the local angle on the decision to put a new Toyota-Mazda assembly plant near Huntsville, Alabama, instead of a North Carolina mega-site near Liberty, despite an all-out incentive offer on a location that was finally near the automotive corridor along I-85. The Alabama…
    Joseph Coletti, January 10, 2018
  • Budget Basics: What is the General Fund?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. The General Fund is what people tend to think of as the State Budget. Money raised for general, unspecified purposes goes there. Between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, roughly $23.6 billion from state…
    Joseph Coletti, January 9, 2018
  • Questioning the ‘deaths of despair’ argument

    A new paper challenges the notion that the rise in overdose deaths is tied to economic conditions. The authors conclude, “the fatal overdose epidemic is likely to primarily reflect drug problems rather than deaths of despair.” I’m not sure if that’s reassuring, but it does suggest caution when examining…
    Joseph Coletti, January 8, 2018
  • Sugar tax avoidance at Costco

    Costco is looking out for its customers in Seattle with signs that show how much the “recovery fee” on sweetened beverages adds to the price of drinks and where to find the drink at other Costco locations outside the city limits. Starbucks customers may not need to worry because…
    Joseph Coletti, January 5, 2018
  • The tension between markets and morality

    Roger Scruton finds conservative thought on a “teeter totter” between those like Margaret Thatcher who, as he writes in his 2014 book, How to Be a Conservative, “when pressed for arguments…leaned too readily on market economics and ignored the deeper roots of conservatism in the theory and practice…
    Joseph Coletti, December 15, 2017
  • Bryson highlights North Carolina’s growth

    Donald Bryson, state director of Americans for Prosperity, provided National Review readers a counterpoint to the recent Washington Post story that didn’t include anything from the reporter’s interview with Roy Cordato. Instead of an anecdote and some “did you notice anything?” questions, Bryson offers facts and statistics. He…
    Joseph Coletti, December 14, 2017
  • Doing less to achieve more in Charlotte

    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told Charlotte business leaders “we have a duty” to improve economic mobility. But the “21 key strategies, 91 recommendations, and over 100 implementation tactics and policy considerations” proposed by a Task Force earlier this year leave too many barriers to mobility in place. I…
    Joseph Coletti, December 13, 2017