Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 3)

  • Local Referenda Results

    What you may have missed in the craziness of yesterday’s election and this morning’s post-mortem is that there were 80 local referenda held across North Carolina.  The results were mostly predictable and unsurprising, but here’s a quick rundown. There were 33 different referenda on alcohol.  These were about allowing sales…
    Julie Tisdale, November 9, 2016
  • Big money for so few jobs

    We all know what I think about business incentives.  So I see this article this morning, Three deals could bring 130+ jobs to Triad city, and of course I’m thinking there has to be an incentive package attached. I was right. I was especially excited about the last sentence in…
    Julie Tisdale, October 19, 2016
  • A right to the privilege of driver’s ed?

    I’m agreeing with a school board.  This is unusual. This week, the News & Observer has a piece about the cost to Johnston County Schools of offering free or discounted driver’s ed.  It’s the result of a new mandate from the general assembly. Previously, school systems couldn’t charge a student…
    Julie Tisdale, October 18, 2016
  • Hemp is not marijuana

    I’ll never forget the first time I brought hemp seeds home from Costco.  My sister (who I was living with at the time) and my husband (who I live with now) made fun of me mercilessly.  Actually, they still do.  I get so much flack from them about being a…
    Julie Tisdale, October 17, 2016
  • Bad incentive payments

    Unfortunately, the headline is neither unusual nor surprising.  “State clawing back $1.36M in grant incentives” is repeated over and over in one form or another.  Incentives proponent will claim this is success, that we’re getting our money back if companies don’t deliver on their promises.  But isn’t it really…
    Julie Tisdale, October 12, 2016
  • More thoughts on the Cumberland County ballpark

    Last week, I wrote about Cumberland County’s plan to take funding that had previously been allocated to schools and instead build a ballpark.  Incredible, I know, but that is indeed the plan. In doing some further reading this week, I came across a column in the Fayetteville Observer by…
    Julie Tisdale, September 28, 2016
  • Shuffling Jobs, Getting Corporate Welfare Payouts

    Every corporate welfare package is a little different.  Each one has it’s own little quirks.  This one, as reported by Triangle Business Journal, is particularly clever. Initially, this sounds pretty typical.  Corning Optical is getting a little over $3 million in various state and local grants to expand an existing…
    Julie Tisdale, September 27, 2016
  • “I should be allowed to build what I want.”

    Have you heard of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)?  What if I call them backyard cottages?  You know, a small building behind the house or over the detached garage that’s essentially a standalone apartment.  According to Raleigh Agenda, “Raleigh is the only major city in North Carolina that doesn’t have…
    Julie Tisdale, September 22, 2016