Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 34)

  • Midwest Droughts and Corn Subsidies

    The News & Observer has a piece today explaining the impact of a midwest drought on food prices. It’s true.  I was in Indiana ten days ago, and the corn was short and yellow.  Even my untrained eye could tell it wasn’t healthy.  There’s no doubt yields will be…
    Julie Tisdale, August 8, 2012
  • Film Incentives

    In today’s Rights and Regulations newsletter, Jon Sanders highlights the problems with government incentives.  His example is film, and that’s a particularly relevant one for North Carolinians at the moment, but the problem is also more general.  Jon notes that in his conclusion, when he talks about cutting taxes…
    Julie Tisdale, August 7, 2012
  • Gun Rights and Personal Freedom

    I recently completed my concealed carry permit class.  I shoot occasionally at the range, but I’m not really a big gun person.  I decided to do the class largely because I’d heard good things about the training that the class would provide.  I also spend time with people who do…
    Julie Tisdale, August 2, 2012
  • Charter Schools in NC

    Today is Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday.  Friedman was an outspoken advocate of school choice, and so it’s fitting that today’s newsletter from Terry Stoops is about the expansion of charter schools across the state.  Charters are all about increasing the diversity of options in education and offering more choices…
    Julie Tisdale, July 31, 2012
  • Mayor Bloomberg is at it again

    Trans fats, sodas, and now baby formula.  In a new initiative, Mayor Bloomberg is encouraging New York hospitals to lock up baby formula, in the same way that drugs are, with nurses forced to sign it out before it can be given to mothers for their babies.  It’s…
    Julie Tisdale, July 31, 2012
  • More Harmful Regulations

    Today’s JLF newsletter about environmental issues highlights new hazards of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), of which we’re only just becoming aware.  It has me thinking. The risks associated with CFLs are serious.  They contain mercury, which is toxic.  It’s not a big deal as long as the bulbs…
    Julie Tisdale, July 25, 2012
  • Bus Stop Smoking Bans

    For the record, I’m not a smoker.  I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life, and I really find smoking quite distasteful.  But Raleigh city council is getting completely out of control.  They’re now talking about a ban on smoking at bus stops.  That’s right, bus stops, that are…
    Julie Tisdale, July 24, 2012
  • Business Incentives…Again

    NetApp, a data storage firm, announced today that it’s coming to RTP and bringing with it 460 jobs over the next four years.  The catch?  They’re also eligible for $11.8 million in state “incentives.”  In other words, taxpayers are going to foot a substantial chunk of the bill for…
    Julie Tisdale, July 23, 2012