Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 29)

  • Government can’t love

    “We can’t help everyone,” Ronald Reagan said, “but everyone can help someone.” That optimistic take on scarcity is the heart of America. We try to forget it when we see big problems and advocate for big solutions, but we know instinctively that change is personal. Supporters of traditional public schools…
    Joseph Coletti, January 23, 2018
  • Energy codes help the rich, hurt the poor

    North Carolina’s building code for energy conservation is nowhere near as strict as California’s. A new working paper suggests this is a good thing if we care about living conditions for people with low incomes. stricter codes create a non-trivial reduction in homes’ square footage and the number…
    Joseph Coletti, January 22, 2018
  • Long-term care insurance

    Markets are not painless panaceas to prickly problems. We can marvel at the marvels of markets in the old movie Trading Places when the Duke brothers’ plans are foiled and they fall into financial ruin, but the pain that comes from bad outcomes from the best of intentions can have…
    Joseph Coletti, January 19, 2018
  • Budget Basics: What are the Highway Fund and Highway Trust Funds?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. State transportation funding does not go through the General Fund. Historically, the money went through the Highway Fund. In 1989, the Highway Trust Fund was created to finance major construction projects. Together, they receive the…
    Joseph Coletti, January 17, 2018
  • Better people, better contracts

    To some people, Bureaucratic Competence and Procurement Outcomes may sound like the first draft of a Dilbert punchline, but it’s actually a new working paper that considers how competence varies within government, even when quality is generally high with little variation. The authors find, if all federal bureaus…
    Joseph Coletti, January 16, 2018
  • 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