Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst
Julie Tisdale is City and County Policy Analyst at the John Locke Foundation. Before coming to the Locke Foundation as the research publications coordinator, she worked at the Centre for Civil Society in New Delhi, India, where she wrote about various economic and public policy issues and was published both online and in several Indian newspapers and journals. She also spent several years in the UK, where she worked at the Association of Scotland’s Colleges and at the Scottish Parliament, both in research and advocacy capacities.

Tisdale holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Whitworth University and an M.Sc. in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 1)

  • Where North Carolina cities rank in sales taxes

    The Tax Foundation published an interesting ranking of sales tax rates in major US cities today.  The whole piece is worth reading, but just a couple quick comments from a North Carolina local government angle. First, two points of clarification.  By “major,” they mean cities with populations of at…
    Julie Tisdale, October 23, 2017
  • A simple change to help citizens’ voices be heard

    I came across this piece from Port City Daily, and the headline caught my eye: This man wants to change the way New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners hear public comments. It turns out that the point of concern is a simple one.  Currently, the time allocated to public comments…
    Julie Tisdale, October 9, 2017
  • The Wake Register of Deeds, and a call for public scrutiny

    Folks around Wake County have probably heard about the goings on at the Register of Deeds office.  For everyone else, the story is outrageous.  Over the past 2-3 years, at least $895,000 in cash appears to have gone missing from the office.  No one’s sure of the total or how…
    Julie Tisdale, August 10, 2017
  • Another Failed Incentive Scheme

    And this is why incentives to companies to build or expand in particular areas are a bad idea.  Three years ago, General Foam Products Corp got hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and local funds to expand its operations in Tarboro.  And now, they’re shutting the whole thing down…
    Julie Tisdale, August 8, 2017
  • Worrying news out of Wilmington

    Here’s a worrying headline out of Wilmington: One year in, Wilmington’s Water Street project sees cost jump $7.6 million This is a public-private partnership to revitalize part of Wilmington’s downtown and, a year in, the taxpayers find themselves on the hook for an additional $3.6 million, according to some…
    Julie Tisdale, August 7, 2017
  • Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes couldn’t be more right

    I love it when I find allies in unexpected places. Last week, Indy Week ran an article about whether Wake County should spend $20 million to buy a golf course in Fuquay-Varina and turn it into a public park.  This isn’t a new story.  Other local news outlets have covered…
    Julie Tisdale, August 1, 2017
  • Another reason local governments should stick to core functions

    Last year, I wrote about a large project being developed jointly by Greensboro and Randolph County, a 420 acre megasite to which local elected officials hoped to lure a large automobile manufacturer.  As I said in the Greensboro News & Record at the time, City and county governments should…
    Julie Tisdale, July 31, 2017
  • A private solution for rural broadband

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about connecting rural communities across North Carolina to reliable, high speed internet service.  There are any number of benefits, including increasing access to education, economic opportunity, and telemedicine. But it’s also expensive to run broadband connections to rural areas where there just aren’t…
    Julie Tisdale, July 17, 2017