Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst
Julie Tisdale is City and County Policy Analyst at the John Locke Foundation. Before coming to the Locke Foundation as the research publications coordinator, she worked at the Centre for Civil Society in New Delhi, India, where she wrote about various economic and public policy issues and was published both online and in several Indian newspapers and journals. She also spent several years in the UK, where she worked at the Association of Scotland’s Colleges and at the Scottish Parliament, both in research and advocacy capacities.

Tisdale holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Whitworth University and an M.Sc. in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 1)

  • A private solution for rural broadband

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about connecting rural communities across North Carolina to reliable, high speed internet service.  There are any number of benefits, including increasing access to education, economic opportunity, and telemedicine. But it’s also expensive to run broadband connections to rural areas where there just aren’t…
    Julie Tisdale, July 17, 2017
  • An easier answer for short term rentals in Wilmington

    Wilmington’s City Council appears ready to move on new regulations for short term rentals, like Airbnb.  They’ll discuss it next week, but staff are offering recommendations, and we already know what those are.  Essentially, homes would have to be licensed, there would be limits on the numbers, and there would be restrictions…
    Julie Tisdale, July 11, 2017
  • Brunch Bill gives more freedom to local governments, and that’s a good thing

    Well, that didn’t take long. Last Friday, the governor signed the “Brunch Bill,” which, among other things, makes it legal for cities and counties to pass local ordinances allowing alcohol sales before noon on Sundays.  The bill doesn’t force local governments to do anything.  It just frees them up to…
    Julie Tisdale, July 7, 2017
  • Local governments can step back

    Triad Business Journal ran a story today with the headline, Developer pushes agtech ‘mega campus’ forward in Research Triangle Park.  This is good news! I’ve written before about why it’s a bad idea for local governments to set up business parks or build industrial megasites or buy land…
    Julie Tisdale, July 6, 2017
  • BikeShare in Raleigh

    Last month, Raleigh chose a company to run its BikeShare program.  The city’s now looking for public comment on proposed station locations.  It follows approval of money for the program last year.  But as I wrote a few weeks ago, this could be done without public money. And…
    Julie Tisdale, July 5, 2017
  • HB 900 could be better

    HB 900 was introduced earlier this year and presented a number of options for additional taxes that municipalities would be able to levy on their citizens. I didn’t like it, and I wrote about it here. Fortunately, in the eight weeks since, the bill has been revised. The current…
    Julie Tisdale, June 26, 2017
  • Taxpayer funded rap videos in Wake County

    A week and a half ago, Go Triangle put out their Ride the Bus video.  It’s a rap, and it tells you everything you need to know if you want to ride the bus, but aren’t quite sure how.  Or at least that’s the idea. The video is pretty…
    Julie Tisdale, June 26, 2017
  • A Private Bike Share Option

    This past weekend, I was in Charleston, SC.  During a city tour, our guide pointed out a bike corral that’s part of a city-wide bike share system.  And she said it was run by a private company.  My local government ears perked up.  Private?  Really? So, when I got back…
    Julie Tisdale, June 19, 2017