Budgets (page 9)

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    Regulatory reforms that help businesses start and grow

    State governments can take a number of steps to help businesses start and expand. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts provides examples from across the country of how regulators have used online permitting portals to make applying for permits easier and faster, prioritized enforcement against frequent violators of regulations,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 31, 2018
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    National Review: North Carolina pension program looks good compared to other states

    Former John Locke Foundation Vice President, Jon Pritchett, writes for National Review that several states have unfunded liabilities requiring major reforms that politicians are ignoring. According to a comprehensive survey by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of 280 state-administered public-pension plans, the unfunded liabilities of state-administered pensions now exceed…
    Anna Manning, August 30, 2018
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    The Senate and spending gridlock

    Susan Ferrechio writes for the Washington Examiner that the upper chamber of Congress could take an important action this week. Lawmakers agreed to begin debate on a bill that would fund the nation’s massive defense budget as well as the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and…
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018
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    Digging a deeper financial hole

    James Capretta of the American Enterprise Institute highlights a little-noticed report on federal government finances. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released new budget forecasts this summer that show the nation falling into an ever deeper financial hole. Unfortunately, very few…
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018
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    LISTEN HERE: Head Locke Episode 24: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Listen here to Head Locke podcast episode 24 for a discussion on transportation with special guest, summer intern Evan Norfleet. Few things affect our daily life more than transportation. And the N.C. Department of Transportation spends billions in taxpayer dollars every year to ensure that the state’s transportation infrastructure…
    Anna Manning, August 9, 2018