Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 3)

  • Lots of soccer coming to North Carolina all of a sudden?

    A month ago, the Carolina Railhawks announced that they were changing their name to North Carolina F.C. and making a bid to join MLS. Last week, Bruton Smith, who owns the Charlotte Motor Speedway, announced that he’s also eyeing a MLS expansion team for Charlotte. And then today,…
    Julie Tisdale, January 9, 2017
  • More of the same under Cooper?

    I just read a quote from Roy Cooper at the 2017 Economic Forecast Forum, hosted by the N.C. Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Bankers Association yesterday in Durham. I promise you that as governor of this state, I will be an aggressive recruiter of good-paying jobs, because what…
    Julie Tisdale, January 5, 2017
  • Happy New Year, NC Taxpayers

    It’s 2017, and that’s good news for North Carolina taxpayers.  North Carolina made important positive changes in 2016, and they’ve continued to take effect this week with the beginning of the new year. It’s not just the Locke Foundation that’s noticed, either.  Forbes lists North Carolina’s tax changes among…
    Julie Tisdale, January 4, 2017
  • “dragging taxpayers along for the bender”

    There was a great piece in the Wall Street Journal last week about the problems with local governments using various incentives to attract craft breweries as part of misguided economic development efforts. This strategy might work for a while, but it suffers from the same drawback as other attempts…
    Julie Tisdale, January 3, 2017
  • 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