Welfare (page 7)

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    Creative, non-profit solutions to the food desert problem

    Food deserts are a pretty hot topic, and there’s a lot of discussion about how to address the issue – areas where a significant portion of the population doesn’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.  So I loved seeing this piece today: “From mobile farmers’ markets to public transportation:…
    Julie Tisdale, February 21, 2018
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    Strengthening rural North Carolina

    Who could argue with bringing economic vitality to small towns who aren’t home to famous forecasters or unbelievable events? Gov. Cooper announced creation of a two-person team to help rural towns with “projects such as infrastructure improvements, broadband access, and workforce training.” Press reports did not make clear…
    Joseph Coletti, February 2, 2018
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    Private action succeeds more than government

    Philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and politicians in a Philanthropy Roundtable video explain why private actors have done and can do better than government in addressing social problems and building social capital. Andy Smarick notes that civil society has been responsible for the many of the “most important things that have happened…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2018
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    The state with the nation’s worst poverty rate? California

    Kerry Jackson explores at National Review Online a surprising statistic related to American poverty. California — not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia — has the highest poverty rate in the United States. According to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure — which accounts for the cost of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 24, 2018
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    Government can’t love

    “We can’t help everyone,” Ronald Reagan said, “but everyone can help someone.” That optimistic take on scarcity is the heart of America. We try to forget it when we see big problems and advocate for big solutions, but we know instinctively that change is personal. Supporters of traditional public schools…
    Joseph Coletti, January 23, 2018
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    Energy codes help the rich, hurt the poor

    North Carolina’s building code for energy conservation is nowhere near as strict as California’s. A new working paper suggests this is a good thing if we care about living conditions for people with low incomes. stricter codes create a non-trivial reduction in homes’ square footage and the number…
    Joseph Coletti, January 22, 2018
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    Long-term care insurance

    Markets are not painless panaceas to prickly problems. We can marvel at the marvels of markets in the old movie Trading Places when the Duke brothers’ plans are foiled and they fall into financial ruin, but the pain that comes from bad outcomes from the best of intentions can have…
    Joseph Coletti, January 19, 2018
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    Budget Basics: What is the General Fund?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. The General Fund is what people tend to think of as the State Budget. Money raised for general, unspecified purposes goes there. Between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, roughly $23.6 billion from state…
    Joseph Coletti, January 9, 2018