Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 37)

  • ObamaCare exchange vote

    Live Blog The US House passed a bill to stop federal grants for states to set up ObamaCare exchanges. It was a mostly party-line vote, but looking to the state’s three most vulnerable Democrats: Mike McIntyre was one of five Democrats to vote in…
    Joseph Coletti, May 4, 2011
  • Budget deficit

    Live Blog House Republicans had a press conference today to explain their budget proposal. A number of questions focused on what happened to the $2.4 billion shortfall discussed earlier this year. The actual deficit that needs to be filled is $1,998,057,612. Here's the score: the continuation budget for…
    Joseph Coletti, May 2, 2011
  • Clawing back from past mistakes

    Live Blog State and local governments across the country are trying to get back economic incentives from companies that have not met their promises. Other governments are opting out of deals. North Carolina is still on the hook for incentives to Dell even though the computer…
    Joseph Coletti, April 22, 2011
  • Helping people without a license

    Live Blog You can have a complaint filed against you for explaining traffic patterns too well. You need a license to braid hair, and there are even hurdles to opening a hot dog stand. Rick Henderson's explanation of the thinking behind this is helpful. At least we don't have…
    Joseph Coletti, April 15, 2011
  • Cutting deficits

    Live Blog James Politi and Stephanie Kirchgaessner should not be writing for the front page of a financial newspaper. In this morning's Financial Times, they write In a speech on Wednesday, the US president proposed cutting $4,000bn from deficits in the next 12 years, shrinking discretionary spending and the…
    Joseph Coletti, April 14, 2011
  • 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