Planning (page 8)

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    Measuring the state’s success in re-employment

    Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab (GPL) began with a focus on social impact bonds and pay for success contracts. It now exists to help state and local governments do their work better, whether internally or with outside contracts. A team will soon be in North Carolina “to support…
    Joseph Coletti, June 18, 2018
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    Cronyism’s Cost in Competitiveness

    New research continues to highlight the economic burdens imposed by big government regulations and big corporation cronyism in the US. For all the concerns about the heavy hand of Brussels on members of the European Union—and in Europe’s most competitive countries, this was a real concern—the EU has actually reduced…
    Joseph Coletti, June 12, 2018
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    Rocky Mount bets big on government

    The big gamble at the heat of Rocky Mount is it’s Event Center, on which the John Locke Foundation has considered an unwise burden for taxpayers and raised a number of questions on its financing through debt without a vote of the taxpayers, its initiation before lower property values were…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2018
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    Rocky Mount taxes and spending

    Rocky Mount leaders expect the 2.5-cent property tax increase this year will be the last needed to cover their big bet on the Rocky Mount Event Center. The tax hike is the second in two years, but the first was extremely painful for city government and residents alike. Because…
    Joseph Coletti, June 7, 2018
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    What Is Special Indebtedness and Why Is It Expensive?

    The proposed Build NC debt for road construction is not a General Obligation bond, which would require a vote of the people to pledge the full faith and credit of the state. Instead, it would be paid entirely with revenue from the gas tax, highway use tax (the sales tax on…
    Joseph Coletti, June 5, 2018
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    Transportation bond plan

    The legislature is considering a 10-year ,$3 billion bond plan for road construction across the state. That is a lot of money, and voters (read: taxpayers) will not have a say in its final approval, which could add as much as $300 million in new debt each year. Putting a…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2018
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    What is the value of large-scale interventions?

    A group of students from an elite private school and their teachers came by the office today to talk about poverty. I laid out the case for private responses (surely human nature makes a “solution” impossible) and for rolling back government regulations. Then came the question that always justifies government…
    Joseph Coletti, May 31, 2018
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    Improving data in state government

    State Auditor Beth Wood and her staff work in a building that has been smoke-free for years. It has been illegal to smoke in state-government buildings since 2010. In recent testimony to the Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, however, Wood noted that janitorial contracts require ash trays to be emptied every…
    Joseph Coletti, May 30, 2018