The city of Nashville was trying to demand a family destroy an existing sidewalk and build a new one before it would issue a permit to build a screened in deck. The city had no authority to make this demand. When pressed, Nashville couldn’t say where it had this authority, and it ultimately backed down.... READ MORE
There are two things nearly every American cares about: our children and our military. With that in mind, how can we make our children smarter and our military stronger simultaneously? Approximately 1.2 million children have an active-duty military parent, and schooling options for these children can affect whether or not a family decides to accept... READ MORE
The administrative state—the so-called “Fourth Branch of government” (so called because it is not one of the three recognized by the Constitution)—is a longstanding concern of constitutionalists. The affirmative case for it rests on assumptions that I can now say, as a survivor of the administrative process, are wrong. Under the administrative process, many decisions... READ MORE
Explanation: Burdensome government licensing laws keep thousands of Tennesseans out of good jobs, and there is very little they can do to challenge whether those laws are even necessary in the first place. The problem: State law declares that the right to earn a living free from arbitrary government interference is a fundamental right. Yet... READ MORE
Explanation: While Beacon is against taxpayer money going to corporations in any context, it is important that if we do give money out in the form of incentive deals to businesses, the process is transparent. We should know exactly how our tax dollars are being used and if the practice of handing out tax incentives... READ MORE
Explanation: Reforming or eliminating the cash bail system in Tennessee will save taxpayers money and enhance public safety. The problem: Over 40 percent of Tennesseans in jail are awaiting trial and over 700,000 people in the United States are sitting in jail awaiting trial for alleged crimes—many of them low-level, non-violent crimes, including misdemeanors. This... READ MORE
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