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)

  • International Company picks NC, even without a bribe from the state

    I love seeing stories of companies that choose North Carolina, not because of a state incentive package, but because they just see all that we have to offer.  Just such a story popped up this afternoon in the Triad Business Journal: British business picks Raleigh for first U.S. office,…
    Julie Tisdale, March 12, 2018
  • Affordable housing lessons (and warnings) from San Francisco

    There was a fascinating piece in The New York Times this week about a developer who is building dorms in San Francisco.  For adults. Housing costs are so completely out of control in the Bay Area, that there are waiting lists for these.  And they’re exactly what you imagine.
    Julie Tisdale, March 9, 2018
  • Fayetteville’s taxpayer funded ballpark is happening

    Almost a year and a half ago, I wrote about Cumberland County’s plans to divert money from the school system to build a ballpark in Fayetteville for the Single-A Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros.  At the time I argued that building a $33 million stadium with city and…
    Julie Tisdale, March 8, 2018
  • The pennies matter

    There’s a great piece in the News & Observer today about the way that tariffs on steel and aluminum will affect the breweries and the price of beer.  It’s interesting to me that the Commerce Secretary, who is very, very wealthy, talk about how negligible the impact will be,…
    Julie Tisdale, March 7, 2018
  • Charlotte’s new mayor has a list of priorities. Are they the right ones?

    Late last year, Charlotte elected a new mayor, Vi Lyles.  This week, she talked about her top priorities related to business and economic development.  Her list concerns, but doesn’t surprise, me. As reported by the Triad Business Journal, her priorities include: Keeping the Panthers Connecting with businesses Keeping the…
    Julie Tisdale, March 6, 2018
  • Hope for food trucks in Carolina Beach

    Back in December, I wrote about Regulatory problems for food trucks in Carolina Beach.  So imagine my delight when I saw this morning that, later this week, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will be considering amendments to local ordinances “to create allowances for food trucks.” I have…
    Julie Tisdale, March 5, 2018
  • State grants are misguided

    Last week, the NC Department of Commerce announced various grants to rural communities.  Their press release opened with this: The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 16 grant requests totaling $3,948,755, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of…
    Julie Tisdale, March 2, 2018
  • A better tax in Watauga County?

    Watauga County Commissioners almost got me. In May, they’ll put a quarter-cent sales tax increase on the ballot.  A similar measure failed eight years ago, but the county’s decided to try again. Only this time, it’s more complicated.  The ballot will read, If passed, the quarter-cent sales tax would…
    Julie Tisdale, February 27, 2018