Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 2)

  • Local governments losing money on … golf courses?

    There’s something slightly odd in this piece about Wilmington’s audit in Port City Daily.  Overall, it sounds ok.  They received a clean audit opinion.  Unanticipated expenses were covered by the fund balance. But look at the chart about enterprise funds. Account Budget Revenue Expenses Change Solid Waste $10,477,389 $10,896,891…
    Julie Tisdale, December 11, 2017
  • NC competes, even without incentives

    This might be a first – an entire article about a company considering a move to Raleigh, and not a single mention of incentive grants or tax breaks to get them here.  Instead, Raleigh’s lower cost and tech talent base makes it an attractive relocation site for Appian. The…
    Julie Tisdale, December 7, 2017
  • “Yeesh. This requires government money?”

    Last week, I got an email from a colleague that read, “Yeesh.  This requires government money?” and a link to the page on Wake County’s website about Commercial Waste Reduction Grants. I think my colleague’s reaction was spot on. “Commercial waste reduction” is exactly what it sounds like –…
    Julie Tisdale, December 5, 2017
  • California’s housing crisis offers lessons to NC

    “The great American single-family home problem” is an excellent piece today from the New York Times.  It looks at the housing crisis in California, but it has lessons for all cities, including those in North Carolina.  It alludes to the importance of Dillon Rule (which I wrote about…
    Julie Tisdale, December 4, 2017
  • Look, you really can attract jobs without corporate welfare!

    I love this piece in today’s Triangle Business Journal about international life sciences companies coming to the Triangle.  Companies from all over the world are choosing to locate their US headquarters in North Carolina and, as the article makes clear, they’re doing it for a whole host of reasons.
    Julie Tisdale, December 1, 2017
  • MLS bids fail, taxpayers win

    MLS has chosen finalists for their next two expansion teams, and neither North Carolina bid made the cut. No one’s surprised about Charlotte.  The funding picture there had been a mess for a long time.  The county was on board, but the city wasn’t.  Then the county wasn’t really…
    Julie Tisdale, November 29, 2017
  • Stop Throwing Money at Amazon

    North Carolina just keeps throwing good money at this Amazon HQ2 effort.  Now, it’s $92,400 for an ad campaign on Seattle buses about North Carolina Firsts. Look, I love North Carolina as much as anyone.  We’re awesome.  We’ve done lots of great things.  But why exactly are we spending…
    Julie Tisdale, November 28, 2017
  • Failed megaport should serve as a warning

    Don Carrington has a great piece in today’s Carolina Journal about a failed megaport project in Southport on land that has lost half its value since the state purchased it. It makes me think about various other megasite projects that have drawn local government support.  Perhaps this…
    Julie Tisdale, November 28, 2017