Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 35)

  • House budget, first look

    Live Blog House Appropriations subcommittees started debate yesterday on the specifics what it means to balance the budget in a pro-family, pro-growth way. Proposed savings in primary and secondary education of $694 million are midway between Gov. Perdue's $351 million and the John Locke Foundation's $1 billion. Community College…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2011
  • Prisons failing

    Live Blog North Carolina sends 40 percent of ex-offenders back to prison for new crimes, but almost none back for technical violations of parole or probation according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States. Recidivism in North Carolina was lower for inmates released in…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2011
  • ObamaCare Exchange Update

    Live Blog Rep. Jerry Dockham is the primary sponsor of HB115, to establish a needless ObamaCare Exchange in North Carolina, but his answers in the House Insurance Committee today are worrisome for those who want to limit government intervention. A sampling: Dockham does not…
    Joseph Coletti, April 12, 2011
  • Samuelson: "Obama urges an ‘adult’ conversation and acts like a child"

    Live Blog Robert Samuelson's latest column is worth reading in its entirety, but his description of President Barack Obama is particularly noteworthy.
    Joseph Coletti, April 12, 2011
  • Amazon Tax trickles in

    Live Blog A Wall Street Journal editorial answers the question of how much money the Amazon Tax raised for North Carolina: $4.6 million as of January. The tax was supposed to bring in $35.9 million in FY2009-10 and FY2010-11, or roughly $12 million every six months. Before…
    Joseph Coletti, April 11, 2011
  • Can Democrats give a little?

    Live Blog Wells Fargo economist John Silvia says the US is following the road to fiscal ruin set by Greece and Portugal unless government cuts back. Silvia told CNBC that the US must recognize that the moderate economic growth forecast by most economists for the country will…
    Joseph Coletti, April 7, 2011
  • No trust in markets

    Live Blog The Economist has one of the most troubling graphs I've seen in a while. Americans are less likely than Germans, Brazilians, Chinese, and even Italians to think the free market is best. In 2002, trust was about 80% in America, but was down to 59%…
    Joseph Coletti, April 7, 2011
  • Perdue wrong on Medicaid

    Live Blog Gov. Bev Perdue opposed the Ryan budget even before it was released. One specific area mentioned in the News & Observer was the idea of a block grant for Medicaid. This is something we have recommended more than once. A block grant would give…
    Joseph Coletti, April 6, 2011