Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 2)

  • A great idea to increase affordable housing…from California

    Rarely do I tout a bill proposed by a San Francisco Democrat as a great step in the right direction, but I’ll make an exception for California SB 827 proposed by State Senator Scott Wiener.  City Journal has a great piece this week about that proposed legislation.  From that…
    Julie Tisdale, February 22, 2018
  • Creative, non-profit solutions to the food desert problem

    Food deserts are a pretty hot topic, and there’s a lot of discussion about how to address the issue – areas where a significant portion of the population doesn’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.  So I loved seeing this piece today: “From mobile farmers’ markets to public transportation:…
    Julie Tisdale, February 21, 2018
  • Is anyone really going to ride the Lynx Blue Line extension?

    I’m super skeptical about this.  According to the Charlotte Business Journal, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) allowed nine “current or potential future riders” to preview the Lynx Blue Line extension that is going to open mid-March.  And based on those nine people, the article seems to imply that…
    Julie Tisdale, February 20, 2018
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars, but no new jobs

    The incentives game really has turned into a race to the bottom.  It used to be that state and local governments would put together a package to help lure a large company for a major project bringing significant numbers of new jobs to an area.  That sort of incentive package…
    Julie Tisdale, February 13, 2018
  • Frivolous spending with other people’s money. Again.

    I’ve been out of the office, so I’m a little behind on this story.  But even a week late, I just have to weigh in on this one. The News & Observer ran a piece last week about two new bridge projects in Raleigh – Wade Avenue over Capital…
    Julie Tisdale, February 8, 2018
  • Corporate welfare or a level playing field?

    Our friends at the Independence Institute in Colorado released this video on “Tax Rebate Cronyism” today.  Sadly, the issue they’re talking about isn’t unique to Colorado.  It’s happening all the time in North Carolina.  I’ve written about similar situations in Hickory, Durham, Burlington, Vance…
    Julie Tisdale, January 23, 2018
  • The CSX Hub should offer a warning

    At the John Locke Foundation, we’ve been keeping an eye on the proposed CSX Intermodal Terminal planned for Rocky Mount for the past couple years.  Carolina Journal has been reporting on the story, too. In November, there were rumors that the project might be dead.  Now it’s sounding even…
    Julie Tisdale, January 19, 2018
  • Again, just stop throwing money at Amazon!

    I know I’m in the minority, but my heart sank when I saw today that Raleigh’s made the top 20 list for Amazon’s HQ2 site.  If they came without bribes, I’d be delighted to have Amazon in the area.  Obviously, the company is strong and they’d bring tons of…
    Julie Tisdale, January 18, 2018