Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 40)

  • How Rob Christensen missed the truth about Medicaid, taxes, & spending

    Live BlogThere are two problems with Rob Christensen’s fruitless search for truth. Christen claims the budget cuts Medicaid spending and related jobs Perdue said the budget bill would result in $2 billion in cuts to Medicaid, the federal-state funded insurance program for the poor and the disabled; $750…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2011
  • Freedom in the States

    Live Blog North Carolina ranks 18th in overall freedom for its citizens in a new Mercatus Center publication. Some highlights from my perspective North Carolina has the best asset-forfeiture laws in the land. It could improve them by putting the burden of proof on the government. spirits…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2011
  • The Tea Party and the Mad Hatters

    Live Blog The Tea Party's success has shown federalism, fiscal discipline, and small government to be enduring ideas that wide swathes of people support in North Carolina. Progressives, bureaucrats, and state legislators have co-opted this language and are in the process of twisting it into Wonderland…
    Joseph Coletti, June 7, 2011
  • Where did they get the money?

    A common question on the budget has been where the Senate got the $252 million to pay for new spending without raising the sales tax. The following table explains it in gory details. The budget sets aside less for future downturns, diverts money from other funds at the same rate…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2011
  • NC MomsRising tries to do the impossible

    Live Blog If you go by the Legislative Building today, you might see MomsRising members selling lemonade to”raise money for the state budget.” They promise “All proceeds will go to the General Fund for the State of North Carolina to invest in children.” It's an admirable goal,…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2011
  • Uncertainty is the economy killer

    Live Blog Stephen L. Carter has a doubly revealing profile of a small business owner’s struggles with government. The business owner says regulations make the cost of doing business, or selling a business, too uncertain to make plans. I argue a bit. Surely government isn’t all bad.
    Joseph Coletti, May 27, 2011
  • Killer design

    Interior designers, hair braiders, auctioneers, and barbers, each must be licensed in different states. The Economist calls it Rules for Fools. Often there is a claim to protect public health, safety, and welfare. The Wall Street Journal reported that an interior designer in Florida claimed that if the…
    Joseph Coletti, May 27, 2011
  • Killer yogurt

    Live Blog Californians are now safe from killer yogurt. The only cost was for regulations in that state to kill one small business making artisanal yogurt from pasteurized milk.
    Joseph Coletti, May 27, 2011