Planning (page 8)

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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
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    Ikea’s Cary pullback shows importance of strategy for business, challenge of retail for local governments

    Triangle residents will still be short of options for good Swedish meatballs and low-cost furniture. Ikea  will not open a new store in Cary despite months of hype and hope. The company is reconsidering its globally recognizable big blue boxes in favor of smaller stores and digital alternatives.
    Joseph Coletti, May 23, 2018
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    State budget on fast track

    State legislators may have the budget done this weekend and to Gov. Roy Cooper next week, with no amendments allowed. A 40-person conference committee with no Democratic members has done most of the work and now it is between House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil…
    Joseph Coletti, May 23, 2018
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    Dignity and respect in public policy

    What did the teachers gathered in Raleigh last week have in common with Pres. Donald Trump, besides an affinity for red clothing? The teachers’ union called the walkout a “Rally for Respect,” not just pay. And Trump’s campaign to “Make America Great Again” was seen as a way to restore…
    Joseph Coletti, May 22, 2018
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    Why do politicians offer economic development incentives?

    The state’s long-term commitment of incentives to Apple and others, is “just burning money,” according to Nathan Jensen of the University of Texas. He told WRAL that past 20 years, What you’re offering doesn’t make it any more attractive. You’re really borrowing against future revenues for very little benefit. The…
    Joseph Coletti, May 21, 2018
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    Bridging divides in policy, culture, and on campus

    Metaphors, stories, and parables help us glimpse the unseeable, touch the unapproachable, and plumb the unfathomable. We learn from experience and example. As knowledge of the world grows more specialized, the cost and likelihood of isolation also grow. Samuel Matlack explains in an elegant essay that “if it mattes…
    Joseph Coletti, April 23, 2018
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    Podcasts worth listening to this week

    Some great conversations made my time in the car much better this week Steven Teles is one of the most insightful people writing about conservatism and government, from the Federalist Society to the kludgy way government has evolved. He’s a liberal working with libertarians at the Niskanen…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2018
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    Wait for it

    Some truths span cultures, even if we forget them from time to time. When somebody rediscovers one of these truths, it starts to show up everywhere. Consider the importance of waiting to have children until marriage, which should come after completing education and beginning work (or post-secondary education). The Journals…
    Joseph Coletti, March 29, 2018