Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 2)

  • 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
  • Tax rates going up in Rocky Mount

    Last night, the Rocky Mount City Council met.  The minutes aren’t available yet, but the Rocky Mount Telegram reports that the councillors discussed property taxes.  Surprise, surprise, it looks like they’ll be going up. Due to this year’s revaluation and the city’s need to pay for the Downtown Community…
    Julie Tisdale, March 28, 2017
  • Where people are moving in North Carolina

    There’s an interesting map in an online article from The Charlotte Observer today.  It’s a county-by-county look at population change since the last census in 2016, and it shows clearly where population is growing, and where it’s shrinking.  It’s much as you would expect.  There’s a lot of growth in…
    Julie Tisdale, March 23, 2017
  • Overinflated claims about Rocky Mount’s Downtown Community Facility

    If you dropped in from out of town and picked up yesterday’s Rocky Mount Telegram, you could be forgiven for thinking that the city was booming, with developers beating each other out of the way to land the next big project in Rocky Mount.  And that all of that was…
    Julie Tisdale, March 20, 2017
  • A larger per diem for legislators is a case of wrong incentives

    The Charlotte Observer ran a story today under the headline “North Carolina legislators want to pay themselves more.”  There are all sorts of problems with this, but let’s start with the headline itself.  Legislators don’t want to pay themselves more.  They want to force the taxpayers of North Carolina to…
    Julie Tisdale, February 9, 2017
  • Where’s the money for police pay raises?

    On Tuesday, Raleigh announced that they would be increasing pay for some city workers.  This was unusual in a couple of respects.  First, it’s mid-year.  That rarely happens.  Usually, the city waits for a new fiscal year and a new budget to bring in pay increases.  These, however, will…
    Julie Tisdale, February 9, 2017