December 17, 2018 9:55AM

In the 13th annual Tennessee Pork Report, the Beacon Center once again revealed millions of dollars in government waste, fraud, and abuse ranging from a new taxpayer-funded MLS soccer stadium in Nashville to a Memphis company that was given $5 million just to move across town. READ MORE

December 14, 2018 9:41AM

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and as is tradition,We would like to say thank you for supporting our mission.This year was successful, and we hope you’ll agree,That our policy victories have made us more free. It’s the time of the year for you to uncork,Our report that is filled with overspending and porkOur Pork Report will... READ MORE

November 27, 2018 10:49AM

The John Metros that you meet today and the man you would have met 10 years ago are two completely different people. Today, John works in prison ministry and with individuals who are coming out of prison and acclimating to that life. He knows what they need to hear, because not very long ago, he... READ MORE

September 28, 2018 11:50AM

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

September 24, 2018 2:59PM

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

September 21, 2018 9:55AM

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

September 20, 2018 11:23AM

Explanation: While Beacon is against giving taxpayer money to individual companies in the name of economic development, 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... READ MORE

September 19, 2018 10:59AM

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

September 18, 2018 2:15PM

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

September 3, 2018 10:54AM

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

August 23, 2018 11:47AM

"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

June 4, 2018 12:08PM

Given that it is far more dangerous—to Nashvillians’ freedom at least—to be a Metro Council member than it is to ride a scooter, I propose some regulations on serving in our city’s esteemed legislative body. READ MORE

May 21, 2018 3:34PM

While it is unlikely Tennessee will legalize sports betting in the next five years, this is a big issue that will keep coming up as more and more states legalize it. READ MORE

May 10, 2018 10:56AM

If we need the government to prevent us from avoiding falling over things in plain view, a sensible citywide transit plan is the least of our worries. READ MORE

April 17, 2018 9:28AM

Adam Jackson knows security. He is a highly trained former soldier. He helped to provide electronic security for a U.S embassy, and installed systems on overseas military bases. Adam (now a civilian) and his partners developed groundbreaking facial recognition software that can instantly scan the face of someone appearing on security cameras and match it... READ MORE

March 14, 2018 3:39PM

When affordable alternatives to hotels exist that benefit the city, the people providing the space, and the individuals who want to travel here, it is simply irresponsible and honestly just mean-spirited to ban these businesses. This model of governing doesn’t fit in with the Nashville I know. READ MORE

February 13, 2018 11:00AM

Detractors have come out against our messaging about the Nashville transit plan. We want to set the record straight and address a few key concerns that have come up. READ MORE

January 30, 2018 4:21PM

Nashville bans homesharing going back on a decision to allow homesharing in the city and going against the wishes of the legislature. Now it is the responsibility of the legislature to stop this serious infringement on property rights. READ MORE

December 13, 2017 11:59AM

The majority of states don’t require a license to be an optician, and it doesn’t appear that those states’ citizens suffer from greater eyesight woes. READ MORE

September 26, 2017 1:46PM

Check out the awards our documentary Rigged: The Injustice of Corporate Welfare has racked up. READ MORE

July 19, 2017 11:13AM

We need to stop looking at privatization as a dirty word, and instead look at it as a solution in areas of our cities and states where the government is failing us, and a private business would do a better job at a cheaper price. READ MORE

June 21, 2017 12:47PM

"ER visits by those on California’s Medicaid program have risen by 75% in just five years. This appears to be a trend among states that took the 'free federal dollars' under Obamacare to drastically expand their Medicaid rolls." READ MORE

April 24, 2017 9:48AM

Current Status of Lawsuit: Litigation ongoing The Story Imagine being a young, hardworking professional who can already barely afford to pay rent in the city where you are just beginning your career. Next, imagine that your landlord raises your rent so that a person even poorer than you can afford to move in next door... READ MORE

April 21, 2017 10:23AM

It is important that the General Assembly continue to take positive steps toward removing unnecessary barriers that hamper the efforts of ex-offenders to become employed, productive, and taxpaying members of society. READ MORE

April 13, 2017 12:00PM

In an ideal system of justice, every ex-offender is afforded the opportunity to make the most of their re-entry by earning gainful employment and a genuine shot at becoming a productive member of the society. READ MORE

February 8, 2017 11:56AM

If you can tell me how much taxpayer money a job is worth, than we can start to have a productive conversation and at the very least trim the fat off our incentive programs. READ MORE

January 8, 2017 3:26PM

The Beacon Center believes a just and fair criminal justice system will ensure that every Tennessean has the opportunity to become a productive member of society. To that end, we will advocate for reforms that enhance public safety, promote rehabilitation and re-entry, and save taxpayers dollars. Our efforts will focus on the following areas: Public... READ MORE

November 14, 2016 11:30AM

It’s a bit difficult to feel sorry for anyone that advocates for unlimited government power but never considers it might end up in the hands of someone they don’t like. READ MORE

October 14, 2016 11:44AM

As cities step into the global arena, could city-based diplomacy become more effective than international negotiations? And if cities can become self-sufficient, then is independence in the pipeline for areas like London? These are just a couple of the thought-provoking, but very real questions that Sarah Power tackled in her latest Factor-Tech political piece, “Future... READ MORE

July 4, 2016 9:15AM

Excessive legislation, regulation, and taxation can often make criminals out of ordinary Americans while making everyone’s lives more costly and difficult. Here are fourteen of the most outrageous examples from the Volunteer State. 1. First on the list is a coin-operated amusement device tax, because it would be travesty for toddlers to ride coin-operated machines... READ MORE

April 15, 2016 8:28AM

Beacon Blog Roundup Happy Freedom Day Jackson Taylor reflects on the history and importance of our constitution on Freedom Day. Beacon in the News David Martin of The Chattanooga Times Free Press applauds our efforts to give Tennesseans the right to earn a living. News Channel 5 in Nashville covers the importance of ending policing for profit efforts in... READ MORE