Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 39)

  • 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
  • Criticize Congress, not Cheerwine

    I’m not sure that Nicole Russell of the Washington Examiner has a valid point that Congress should be efficient instead of passing resolutions, but she goes too far when she denies the goodness of Cheerwine: First of all, have you ever tasted Cheerwine? It’s like Dr. Pepper and…
    Joseph Coletti, May 19, 2017
  • Apples to Apples Availability

    Senate leadership and Gov. Cooper have taken notably different approaches to disaster relief funds that redound to the Senate’s benefit. First, Gov. Cooper earmarked $100 million reserve from availability for disaster relief, all of it and more already pledged “to meet immediate cash flow needs,” and promises to use some…
    Joseph Coletti, May 10, 2017
  • Taking care of retired state employees

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell is on his way to cutting $100 million in state pension management fees. He has cut six managers and renegotiated fees producing $25 million in savings so far. Savings like this are important, but amount to a rounding error in the $90-billion state pension fund. As state pension…
    Joseph Coletti, May 9, 2017
  • State Budget Crisis Unlikely

    The Insider recently reported on a Fiscal Research Division analysis showing the Senate’s “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut” would lead to $600 million shortfalls in three of the next five years. Fiscal staff started from the assumption that state government would do all the same things…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2017