Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 27)

  • Taking care of state government retirees

    Investment returns in the state pension system missed their mark for the third straight year in 2016. The 6.22% return was much better than the 0.36% return in 2015, but still short of the 7.25% assumed rate of return. The funded ratio for pensions at year-end was 90% on…
    Joseph Coletti, November 1, 2017
  • Blind spots

    Ken Stern, the former CEO of National Public Radio, spent a year getting to know the rest of America. He explains what he learned in the New York Post and a new book. An NPR reporter responded that NPR isn’t really a liberal bubble. As if on…
    Joseph Coletti, October 26, 2017
  • Profiting off connections is expensive

    Federal income taxes get more complicated as people earn more. Do some independent work and you have to estimate your taxes, and file a Section C and a Section SE. Put money in or use money from a Health Savings Account, file more forms. Earn money from your investments, file another form…
    Joseph Coletti, October 9, 2017
  • Re: Panthers Tax

    A blog post yesterday explained the special tax break for the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Knights that is back again before the General Assembly, this time buried in a bill that would do two important things: 1) rectify North Carolina’s confusing criminal code and 2) allow businesses to file annual reports to the…
    Joseph Coletti, October 3, 2017
  • Panthers Tax

      Bad legislative ideas never die, they just get tucked in other bills. So it is with a tax subsidy for the Knights and Panthers. Most sports venues in North Carolina are owned by a local government, university, or other public entity that charges something more like a market rate…
    Joseph Coletti, October 2, 2017
  • One-third will never wed

    It seems technology not only made out-of-wedlock births normal, it has made marriage less normal, according to Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin: As recently as 2000, married 25- to 34-year-olds outnumbered their never-married peers by a margin of 55% to 34%,…
    Joseph Coletti, September 29, 2017
  • School choice now, more college attendance later

    A new study by the Urban Institute shows that Florida students who attended private schools through a tax-credit scholarship program were more likely to enroll at a public college in Florida than those with similar backgrounds who stayed in public schools in grades 3-12.  The biggest difference was in community…
    Joseph Coletti, September 27, 2017
  • Foundations and the State

    Should private philanthropy seek to replace government-provided social services? I have argued in this space that it should, and have sought in my outside activity to make this possible. Others, however, think philanthropy should test innovative ideas so government can add to its activities. Rob Reich, co-director of Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy…
    Joseph Coletti, September 6, 2017