Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 32)

  • Jobs out of poverty

    What matters to poor people? H. Luke Schaeffer and Kathryn J. Edin took the unusual step of asking them. Schaeffer explained We ask families, “If we came back in a year and you were doing really well, what it would look like?” They say, “I’d be working in a…
    Joseph Coletti, June 28, 2017
  • Rural Job Creation

    History may often rhyme, but legislation lacks the imagination to do that, so it shows up with new names  for previously rejected programs. The North Carolina Rural Job Creation Fund is this year’s iteration of the New Markets Tax Credit, which Becki Gray noted at the time was simply crony capitalism. If…
    Joseph Coletti, June 27, 2017
  • Seattle tried to prebut minimum-wage study

    Jon and Terry covered the major findings of a new paper by a team at University of Washington that included Jacob Vigdor, who previously spent 15 years at the Sanford School. If you read the New York Times story on the paper, you may have noticed…
    Joseph Coletti, June 27, 2017
  • Bloomberg funds federalism

    “We are in the middle of a political era defined by Washington impotence, but as Washington has grown more dysfunctional, cities have begun to play a vital role in determining our nation’s reputation as a global superpower,” Michael Bloomberg told the U.S. Conference of Mayors as he “announced a…
    Joseph Coletti, June 27, 2017
  • Breaking up broke states

    “Illinois is like Venezuela now” may be one of the best opening lines of an opinion column, if not the greatest, it’s certainly in the discussion. Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass follows that up with a suggestion to break up Illinois and give pieces to its neighboring states…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2017
  • The Wrong Entrepreneurship

    Robert Litan and Ian Hathaway began three years ago to examine why fewer new businesses are being created. Their first attempt to explain things in 2014 found that slowing population growth and business consolidation were the two main factors. They acknowledged policy differences could have independent roles and could also contribute to population…
    Joseph Coletti, June 13, 2017
  • Fixing a hole

    Why are government buildings, besides the newly reopened Albemarle Building, awful? One reason is that repairs and renovations do not happen as often as in the private sector. The House budget proposal’s transfer of $365 million to the Repairs and Renovations Reserve is three times what the Senate or Governor Cooper…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2017
  • North Carolina reforms extolled

    “North Carolina provides us a clear example of the constructive effects of pro-growth tax reform and budget prioritization,” Congress learned last week. As Congress considers how to reform the federal tax code, Jonathan Williams, the chief economist and vice president of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council…
    Joseph Coletti, May 24, 2017