Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 2)

  • Companies will come, even without incentives

    Just a quick reminder that North Carolina can, in fact, attract international firms without offering tax breaks, or incentive payments, or job creation grants, or any other corporate welfare.  Simplilearn, an Indian company, has recently announced that they’ll be opening an office in the Triangle.  Significantly, they cite the…
    Julie Tisdale, November 7, 2017
  • The problem with subsidies

    There are lots of questions swirling around about the CSX Intermodal Rail Hub, which was supposed to be coming to Rocky Mount and receiving $100 million in subsidies from North Carolina taxpayers – as much as $700,000 per job created by the project.  It’s been controversial from the beginning, and…
    Julie Tisdale, November 3, 2017
  • Congratulations to the Carolina Theatre

    Congratulations to Greensboro’s Carolina Theatre for winning a $150,000 grant for their Setting the Stage capital campaign.  The historic theatre downtown will use the grant to help pay for a variety of improvements, including, according to the Triad Business Journal, …new carpet throughout the theatre; new, expanded, and…
    Julie Tisdale, November 2, 2017
  • What to do with an old bridge…

    There’s a new bridge under construction to connect Topsail Island to the mainland.  The new bridge will replace an old one, the iconic Surf City swing bridge, so the question then is what to do with the old bridge. And according to StarNews Online, one of the ideas being…
    Julie Tisdale, November 2, 2017
  • Where exactly are tourists supposed to stay in Asheville?

    Earlier this month, Asheville’s Citizen-Times wrote a story under the headline, Hotel developers win legal battle against Asheville, will proceed with 8-story project. It’s an interesting one.  Last year, Parks Hospitality Group (PHG) applied for a permit to build a hotel in Asheville.  The city denied that application.  PHG…
    Julie Tisdale, October 31, 2017
  • 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