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
It is a perpetual ongoing never-ending loop. Please let us off the ride. READ MORE
Nearly 70 business, community, and nonprofit leaders came together to discuss ways to help the chronically under- and unemployed find work. READ MORE
We have to get out of our social bubbles to affect real change. READ MORE
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
We still have much to do to truly address employability issues in our state. READ MORE
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
Just because an elected official believes something “ought to be” or “should be done” does not mean it’s good policy to enact. READ MORE
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
Jobs that do not require a high school degree include “elected official,” otherwise known as the people who write the laws including this one. READ MORE
"The Beacon Center is formally calling on the state and local government to not to offer any taxpayer dollars to the company in their relocation." READ MORE
Let’s look at Beacon’s policy issues and draft our successes from the 2018 legislative session. READ MORE
Tennessee reduced the breadth and burden of its licensing by a whopping 5 percent. READ MORE
When light rail systems are introduced it is only a matter of time before bus services get cut. READ MORE
Unfortunately, we have a regulatory board more interested in protecting entrenched industries from emergent technology using archaic and poorly fitting regulations than protecting the public. READ MORE
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
If the city can tell you who you can and can't feed in your home, it should be pretty obvious the law has gone too far. READ MORE
"This plan is just really phat, and we are excited for all the citizens of Nashville to see how cutting edge we are." READ MORE
A few local government officials have recently decided to impose a personal property tax on barrels for the first time. READ MORE
It sure is refreshing when a government embraces technology and allows it to develop. READ MORE
Many barriers exist that keep the revolving door of the system spinning. READ MORE
Thanks to the support and donations from many of you, Elias Zarate paid off the fines Tennessee served him for cutting hair without a license. READ MORE
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
Nashvillians who are smitten by the idea of riding a train to work might want to think twice about what this plan is really all about. READ MORE
"One mayor's misdeeds do not define this incredible city." READ MORE
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
Tennessee should take into consideration the harm our occupational licensing laws cause our military and seek to do better by them. READ MORE
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
The letter asks the Board to join the Beacon Center in working to eliminate high school degree requirement to become a barber. READ MORE
These reforms are necessary as we move programs forward and assist individuals in reaching self-sufficiency READ MORE
As more details are unveiled, the mayor’s train plan is looking less and less like the shiny gift under the tree and more like your ugliest Christmas sweater. READ MORE
"Before you bust out your shorthand, you have to get a license to be a court reporter in Tennessee." READ MORE
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
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