Welfare (page 9)

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    The welfare state grows old

    William Voegeli offers National Review readers an apt assessment of the welfare state’s long-term challenge. Until the last Baby Boomer dies sometime in the second half of this century, the welfare state’s struggles will … highlight the fact that it was built on weak foundations. Yes, it will…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2018
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    Don’t emulate the ‘Nordic glass ceiling’

    Nima Sanandaji of the Cato Institute urges caution for those who believe the United States should follow Nordic countries’ lead when it comes to gender-equity programs. A common view is that Nordic gender equality reflects the social welfare policies of these nations. Indeed, Nordic governments advertise their welfare…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
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    Starbucks CEO: government is not capable

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz explains why the company provides in partnership with Arizona State University free college tuition to every one of its American employees working 20 hours or more a week. The country is $22, $23 trillion in debt, it doesn’t have the financial capability to do the…
    Joseph Coletti, March 8, 2018
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    Unity in everyday life

    Reading a book on three British perspectives on capitalism from the 20th century, this from 1913 is still good advice: Unity is to be desired in all those matters which involve the everyday life of mankind, not in the sense that all must believe the same things or act…
    Joseph Coletti, February 28, 2018
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    Budget Basics: What are Federal Revenues and Other Revenues?

    This is part of a continuing series of posts explaining the state budget. Half the money state government spends comes not from state taxes and fees, but from the federal government and other sources. Half of the $18 billion in federal funds budgeted by the state goes to Medicaid, with…
    Joseph Coletti, February 22, 2018
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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