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)

  • In Asheville, the market is working

    This is why I love the market. Uber and Lyft introduced something new.  All of a sudden, consumers had an alternative to taxis, and given the success that these ride sharing services have had, it appears that consumers love the model.  Of course, the losers were taxi companies, and many…
    Julie Tisdale, November 16, 2017
  • Billion dollar incentive packages

    Is it me, or do these incentive packages just keep getting bigger?  The Triad Business Journal is reporting today on a report that North Carolina and Alabama are the two finalists for a new Toyota-Mazda plant.  And then they talk about the possible sites, all of which have already…
    Julie Tisdale, November 15, 2017
  • NC’s Certificate of Need laws cause real pain, part 2

    Last week, I wrote about Certificate of Need laws.  The issue has moved from the theoretical to the concrete for me over the past week as I’ve nursed my husband through a pretty painful kidney stone and associated blockage.  Every few hours, I administer more opioids.  He’s missed a…
    Julie Tisdale, November 14, 2017
  • How far does a dollar go?

    I read an interesting piece today about the value of a dollar.  Actually, the value of $100, and how it compares in cities across the US. The Tax Foundation published this map back in August.  It compares the purchasing power of $100 in a particular metro area with the…
    Julie Tisdale, November 14, 2017
  • 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