Amazon, one of the world's most valuable companies, and the government played taxpayers. READ MORE
Bill Lee’s victory is a good one for those who are fans of free enterprise and challenging the status quo. READ MORE
Knoxville residents, don’t give up your rights for chickens. You can have both. If the government can get you to give up one right, it can get you to give up others. READ MORE
At the Beacon Center, we are working to make Tennessee less scary for workers, business owners, and all taxpayers. READ MORE
Grappling with contending viewpoints is an essential part of an education. READ MORE
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 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
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
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
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