December 27, 2018 9:20AM

Families like the Lopez family—who want and need choices for their children’s education—exist all over Tennessee. By implementing statewide ESAs, Tennessee parents will be able to decide the best course for their child’s education and dedicate the dollars that are already going toward education to their child’s specific needs. READ MORE

December 20, 2018 1:09PM

The Fresh Start Act was an excellent step in the right direction, but more changes need to be made to Tennessee’s harmful occupational licensing laws to lessen the burden of transitioning to life outside of incarceration for people like Taylor. READ MORE

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