Planning (page 6)

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    New research identifies potential Medicare savings

    A recent paper published in the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that long-term care hospitals (LTCH) are responsible for a large amount of wasted healthcare spending and no significant increase in mortality outcomes: We…
    Jordan Roberts, August 28, 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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    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
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    Stricter Zoning Leads to Democratic Majorities

    That’s the conclusion of a paper called, “The effects of housing supply restrictions on partisan geography,” that appears in the September edition of Political Geography. It’s important to note that, according to the study, this is not a case of emerging Democratic majorities demanding stricter zoning regulations; it’s…
    Jon Guze, August 14, 2018
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    The morality of work requirements

    “U.S. social policy is built on a foundation of values,” AEI’s Michael Strain writes at Bloomberg.com in getting to the heart of why reforming most government programs creates such heated debate.  Most discussion of work requirements, eligibility, and the costs and benefits of social programs begs the questions of personal…
    Joseph Coletti, August 10, 2018
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    Food program in search of takers

    From the headline to the details, everything about a recent North Carolina Health News story illustrates what is wrong with the way too many government programs try to help. The program in this case is the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, which is intended to provide…
    Joseph Coletti, August 8, 2018
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    Can small towns be saved?

    A number of towns and cities have gone overbudget and lack the staff or oversight to successfully manage their finances warned State Auditor Beth Wood and Revenue Secretary Ronald Penny at a recent Local Government Commission meeting. The biggest problem is their small size. In the most recent estimate from the…
    Joseph Coletti, July 31, 2018
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    Corporate incentives in two minutes

    Edmund Malesky, a political science professor at Duke, and his co-author Nathan Jensen explain the failure of corporate incentives and their continued popularity for politicians in this brief video. Short answer: incentive offers are a way for politicians to show they care and they are trying, like most government programs.
    Joseph Coletti, June 26, 2018