Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 7)

  • N.C. State’s Walden projects state economic picture for 2050

    Many of us wonder what lies ahead for the North Carolina economy next year. N.C. State professor Michael Walden wants to know what’s going to happen in 30 years. That’s why he titled his latest book North Carolina Beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050. Walden shared…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
  • Leef tackles college affordability concerns

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column explores the notion of a college affordability “crisis” and what — if anything — government should do about it. In last year’s campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tried to attract votes with promises of free college. In the British…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
  • Slowing the news cycle

    David Marcus devotes a Federalist column to an idea that reminds this observer of the notion of cramming a genie back into a bottle: slowing down the news cycle. It’s hardly a new idea that the speed of the 24-hour news cycle has profoundly affected how Americans consume…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
  • Welfare reform in the crosshairs

    Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner reports on the prospects for federal welfare reform. Republicans searching for their next major task after tax reform may have found their answer, and it’s not infrastructure. Over the past few weeks, President Trump has been talking up reform of anti-poverty programs,…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
  • Piecing together a final tax plan

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the work to reconcile differences between the U.S. House and Senate tax packages. As it currently stands, both versions of the bill reduce the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, keep the state and local tax property tax deduction…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
  • A case against taxing educational benefits

    Fred Bauer writes at National Review Online against a proposal within one federal tax reform plan to remove exemptions that block taxation on education benefits. The argument for taxing these tuition discounts is that the goal of tax reform should be to remove “loopholes” in order to lower…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
  • A possible bipartisan agreement on health care

    Kevin Williamson‘s latest National Review Online essay veers from Coca-Cola to the history of corporatism to the failures of Obamacare before hitting on the interesting prospect of bipartisan agreement on health care. As the ACA fails, conservatives and progressives both are returning to square one on health care.
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Linsday Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Raleigh school PTA’s controversial decision to urge parents to lobby the General Assembly to change its class-size mandate. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights partisan differences on transit issues and explains why large-scale government spending on public transit is bound…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017