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
Explanation: Creating and implementing a statewide universal Education Savings Account (ESA) program will empower parents to create the custom education experience best suited for their child, improve education outcomes through enhanced competition for educational dollars, and help revitalize economically distressed areas by reducing the need to move based on school district geographies. The problem: Politicians... READ MORE
Sad news broke last week when it was announced that veteran journalist and my friend Trent Seibert had passed away in his Houston home. Despite his no-frills and down-to-earth demeanor, Trent was a giant among reporters here in Tennessee and elsewhere. He spent time at newspapers, including the Tennessean, in front of the camera at... READ MORE
In a recent 3-2 decision, the board overseeing alarm system licensing in Tennessee reversed its previous decision to classify Beacon Center client Adam Jackson's product as an alarm system READ MORE
"Does it make sense for Tennessee—the state with the highest child obesity rate in the nation and fourth highest obesity rate overall—to be taxing people for the 'amusement' of trying to live a healthier lifestyle?" READ MORE
"This would never fly in the private sector, but it’s a lot easier to spend other people’s money" READ MORE
But with all of this good news, our labor force is still struggling. READ MORE
This hospital is an albatross around the neck of Nashville taxpayers and there is no reason to keep funding it. READ MORE
The freedom of someone accused of a crime should never be dependent on their wealth, but on whether their release would be a safety risk to the community. READ MORE
AllianceBernstein definitely didn’t pick Nashville because of taxpayer handouts. READ MORE
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