by Joseph Coletti
Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies, John Locke Foundation
Before Hurricane Florence hit, Republican legislators had criticized Gov. Roy Cooper for the slow pace of distributing relief funds after 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. Research in India points to the potential for follow-up phone calls to make sure people get the help they have been promised. Just telling randomly selected officials that a representative sample of their beneficiaries would be called to gauge implementation led to a 1.5% increase in the number of people receiving benefits, and an even larger 3.3% increase among those most in need. What would the effect be in North Carolina with hurricane relief?