Joseph Coletti

Senior Fellow

Posts by Joseph Coletti (page 7)

  • How government measures mislead

    We have often made the case for government transparency and measurement to improve government performance and outcomes. Consultants Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene provide examples of how bad incentives and bad motives can lead to bad reporting of numbers. Altering scores: The infamous example of 11 Atlanta teachers who were…
    Joseph Coletti, August 27, 2018
  • Is giving always good?

    We have a love-hate relationship with philanthropy, which starts with questions of fairness and has been magnified for the past hundred years by the income tax. One manifestation is the continuing debate over donor-advised funds from community foundations and Donors Trust to the National Christian Foundation and…
    Joseph Coletti, August 24, 2018
  • A better minimum wage?

    David Neumark, director of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine, proposes taxpayers directly fund half of any minimum wage increase with a high-wage tax credit (HWTC).  He offers three advantages of his proposal in today’s Wall Street Journal: First, by offsetting part…
    Joseph Coletti, August 22, 2018
  • Recovering trust to reduce taxes

    If we ask government to do less, it will naturally shrink. I keep returning to this basic idea of Richard Cornuelle, who dedicated the bulk of his life to spurring private, non-market-based competition with government. The John Locke Foundation’s mission is to “transform government through competition…[and establish] a better balance…
    Joseph Coletti, August 21, 2018
  • Poor families hurt as regulations make child care harder to find and afford

    Deregulation offers a better, lower-cost way to expand access to out-of-home childcare than larger federal government subsidies, Ryan Bourne explains at Governing online. Easing regulations would address the underlying question: “Why is child care so expensive?” Staff-child ratio rules and worker-qualification requirements, in particular, increase prices and reduce availability,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 20, 2018
  • Amazon incentives in perspective

    Amazon’s recent announcement of a distribution center in Garner is one of thirteen so far this year, with more likely to be announced in the coming weeks and months ahead, joining locations in Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington. Incentive offers have differed from place to place, which suggests the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 17, 2018
  • Volunteers help where governments can’t

    More than 1,200 volunteers across 57 North Carolina counties have been trained to help in case of disasters, search and rescue operations, terrorist attack, or fire. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs get volunteers ready to supplement first responders. A Stateline story explains, “It [CERT] launched in response…
    Joseph Coletti, August 15, 2018
  • V.S. Naipaul and “Our Universal Civilization”

    Until a week ago, I had never considered reading V.S. Naipaul, the 2001 Nobel laureate for literature. City Journal editor Brian Anderson gave a brief appreciation of Naipaul’s writing in explaining why The Masque of Africa was on his summer reading list. The discussion pointed to Naipaul’s…
    Joseph Coletti, August 14, 2018