Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 5)

  • Cooper’s claimed compromise

    Gov. Roy Cooper offered a budget counteroffer that would be hard to classify as a compromise. It still includes Medicaid expansion, a $3.5 billion bond (10% less than his original $3.9 billion plan), rejects a franchise tax reduction, and refuses to expand the number of Opportunity Scholarships. The proposal…
    Joseph Coletti, July 9, 2019
  • Costs of Medicaid Expansion

    When a politician starts talking about free things, you know to check your wallet. Medicaid expansion, in all its varieties, is no different. It would add $4.2 billion to state spending in fiscal year 2020-21, a 27 percent increase over Medicaid without expansion, and 7.4 percent more than total state…
    Joseph Coletti, July 8, 2019
  • Pre-recession spending and today’s budget

    We hear a lot about the need to return spending to pre-recession levels. And spending grew a lot just before the recession. The budget grew 8.9% in fiscal year 2006-07 and another 9.0% in fiscal year 2007-08. What doesn’t get mentioned is that the Democratic General Assembly and Democratic Gov.
    Joseph Coletti, July 8, 2019
  • Volunteering to do your patriotic duty

    Did you hear the one about the nineteen billionaires who loved their wealth so much they could not voluntarily part with it? George Soros, his son, one unnamed person and 16 others signed a letter claiming they “believe it is our duty to step up and support a wealth…
    Joseph Coletti, June 27, 2019
  • How government can hire better

    Since 2013, the number of government job postings has increased 11% but the number of applicants has fallen 35%. A recent report the National Association of State Chief Admistrators considers why this is and what governments can do to attract more people. Job applicants see government work as safe…
    Joseph Coletti, June 24, 2019
  • Car salesmen who don’t care

    James Lileks writes with more style and humor than just about anyone. He’s one of those writers other writers quote and say “I wish I had written that” —literally. He recently made more astute observations than I could about the lack of brio among car salesmen. Not that…
    Joseph Coletti, June 10, 2019
  • 2019-21 Senate Budget Overview

    The Senate budget incorporates the surprisingly large revenues from the current fiscal year that ends June 30 and higher forecast revenue for FY2019-20, but appropriates no more for operating expenses than the House did (Figure 1). Senate budget writers devote $397 million the first year and $713 million the second…
    Joseph Coletti, May 29, 2019
  • How to use one-time money

    Yesterday, the governor’s Office of State Budget and Management and the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division released their latest consensus forecast, which includes the truly surprising April tax collections. Earlier reports suggested the revenue could be as much as $700 million higher than originally forecast. The final estimate is…
    Joseph Coletti, May 15, 2019