Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 2)

  • Local governments can step back

    Triad Business Journal ran a story today with the headline, Developer pushes agtech ‘mega campus’ forward in Research Triangle Park.  This is good news! I’ve written before about why it’s a bad idea for local governments to set up business parks or build industrial megasites or buy land…
    Julie Tisdale, July 6, 2017
  • BikeShare in Raleigh

    Last month, Raleigh chose a company to run its BikeShare program.  The city’s now looking for public comment on proposed station locations.  It follows approval of money for the program last year.  But as I wrote a few weeks ago, this could be done without public money. And…
    Julie Tisdale, July 5, 2017
  • HB 900 could be better

    HB 900 was introduced earlier this year and presented a number of options for additional taxes that municipalities would be able to levy on their citizens. I didn’t like it, and I wrote about it here. Fortunately, in the eight weeks since, the bill has been revised. The current…
    Julie Tisdale, June 26, 2017
  • Taxpayer funded rap videos in Wake County

    A week and a half ago, Go Triangle put out their Ride the Bus video.  It’s a rap, and it tells you everything you need to know if you want to ride the bus, but aren’t quite sure how.  Or at least that’s the idea. The video is pretty…
    Julie Tisdale, June 26, 2017
  • A Private Bike Share Option

    This past weekend, I was in Charleston, SC.  During a city tour, our guide pointed out a bike corral that’s part of a city-wide bike share system.  And she said it was run by a private company.  My local government ears perked up.  Private?  Really? So, when I got back…
    Julie Tisdale, June 19, 2017
  • Lessons from Denmark and Tesla

    There’s an excellent piece on Bloomberg from earlier this month entitled Denmark Is Killing Tesla (and Other Electric Cars).  Essentially, Denmark has exempted all electric cars from taxation, which is pretty significant in a country where traditional, gas-fueled cars are taxed at 180%.  (Yes, that’s right 180%, almost tripling the…
    Julie Tisdale, June 12, 2017
  • Turns out people just prefer to drive

    It was published a couple weeks ago, but this article from The Charlotte Observer is just perfect.  Under the title, Charlotte’s light rail was supposed to change our attitude about cars. It hasn’t. Ely Portillo talks about the fact that, despite the millions spent on rail, developments around the line…
    Julie Tisdale, May 19, 2017
  • It’s time for North Carolina to say no to corporate hostage taking

    Last week, the Triangle Business Journal ran a story, Email records show NC ‘made a hard run’ for Jeff Bezos-led Blue Origin spaceship manufacturing operation.    The piece looks at emails from officials within the Department of Commerce and traces their quest to lure Blue Origin to North Carolina.
    Julie Tisdale, April 3, 2017