Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 3)

  • ADUs should be an easy win for Raleigh

    When I find myself agreeing with the Indy, I get a little uncomfortable.  And, in fairness, I guess “agreeing” isn’t quite the right word here.  After all, the Indy appears to have been quite careful about actually expressing an opinion on the issue.  But their article this week, under the…
    Julie Tisdale, November 9, 2017
  • NC’s Certificate of Need laws cause real pain

    Monday morning, around 1:00am, my husband woke up in severe pain.  He knew what this was.  By 1:15, we were in the car on our way to the ER. Kidney stones. They’re not life threatening, and I’ve never had one, but people who have tell me it’s awful.  And to…
    Julie Tisdale, November 8, 2017
  • A few surprises in local referenda

    Yesterday, voters across North Carolina voted in municipal elections.  The full results are available here.  In addition to mayors and aldermen and city council members, there were 33 local referenda – 24 about alcohol sales, seven bond issues, and two about local government organization. Local referenda are pretty predictable.
    Julie Tisdale, November 8, 2017
  • Arrogance and recklessness from Wake County Commissioners

    Back in August, I wrote a blog post about the Crooked Creek golf course site in Fuquay-Varina, and a push by some local residents to turn it into a park.  At the time, I praised Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes, for taking a stance against the use of tens…
    Julie Tisdale, November 7, 2017
  • 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