Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 2)

  • Mecklenburg Commissioners just voted for a terrible deal

    This morning, Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted 5-4 to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to subsidize a very wealthy family’s pursuit of a potentially extremely lucrative professional soccer team.  The county won’t own the team, so those profits won’t go to the county.  But they will own the stadium…
    Julie Tisdale, January 26, 2017
  • Fossil Fuel Free Watauga?

    This week, Watauga County commissioners adopted a resolution calling for “100% green energy” by 2050, meaning no fossil fuel use at all in 33 years.  And not just for Watauga County, but for the entire United States. The problems with this are myriad, of course.  First, the commissioners can adopt…
    Julie Tisdale, January 20, 2017
  • 2017 would be a great year to repeal CON

    Can someone please remind me again why we need to be having this debate and why the state needs to be involved?  Novant Health and EmergeOrtho each want to build a new operating room in Leland, a small town in Brunswick County not far from Wilmington.  Dosher Memorial Hospital,…
    Julie Tisdale, January 10, 2017
  • It doesn’t have to be taxpayers’ money

    I’d like to commend the Umstead Coalition.  For those who think I’m anti-bike, anti-nature, anti-park, etc., this may come as something of a surprise.  After all, the Umstead Coalition is a non-profit “Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the…
    Julie Tisdale, January 10, 2017
  • Lots of soccer coming to North Carolina all of a sudden?

    A month ago, the Carolina Railhawks announced that they were changing their name to North Carolina F.C. and making a bid to join MLS. Last week, Bruton Smith, who owns the Charlotte Motor Speedway, announced that he’s also eyeing a MLS expansion team for Charlotte. And then today,…
    Julie Tisdale, January 9, 2017
  • More of the same under Cooper?

    I just read a quote from Roy Cooper at the 2017 Economic Forecast Forum, hosted by the N.C. Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Bankers Association yesterday in Durham. I promise you that as governor of this state, I will be an aggressive recruiter of good-paying jobs, because what…
    Julie Tisdale, January 5, 2017
  • Happy New Year, NC Taxpayers

    It’s 2017, and that’s good news for North Carolina taxpayers.  North Carolina made important positive changes in 2016, and they’ve continued to take effect this week with the beginning of the new year. It’s not just the Locke Foundation that’s noticed, either.  Forbes lists North Carolina’s tax changes among…
    Julie Tisdale, January 4, 2017
  • “dragging taxpayers along for the bender”

    There was a great piece in the Wall Street Journal last week about the problems with local governments using various incentives to attract craft breweries as part of misguided economic development efforts. This strategy might work for a while, but it suffers from the same drawback as other attempts…
    Julie Tisdale, January 3, 2017