Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 42)

  • 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
  • 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