Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Hall Income Tax hurts Tennessee, especially seniors

In an effort to raise awareness about Tennessee’s income tax secret, Beacon Director of Policy Lindsay Boyd pens an article that originally appeared in Saturday’s Tennessean. by Lindsay Boyd As the 2014 legislative session of the Tennessee General Assembly gets into full swing, there are...
February 23rd, 2014 | Commentary | Read More

School choice puts focus on each student

Dr. Harold Black, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee and Beacon senior fellow, pens an op-ed in support of school choice. This article originally appeared in Saturday’s Knoxville News Sentinel. by Dr. Harold Black On Jan. 28 a school choice rally was held in Nashville. Caravans from...
February 16th, 2014 | Commentary | Read More

Unionized plant not in best interest of workers, community

With workers at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant set to vote on unionizing under the United Auto Workers, Beacon CEO Justin Owen and UAW member Terry Bowman raise concern about what a unionized plant would mean for workers and the community. This article originally appeared in Monday’s Chattanoogan and...
February 10th, 2014 | Commentary | Read More

Eminent domain no excuse for property abuse

This article originally appeared in the Tennessean on October 21, 2013. by Justin Owen Most Tennesseans are unaware that the government can force them to sell their property — their home, their farm, their business — just because someone else has a better idea of what to do with it. Through the...
October 30th, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

Education funds not being spent wisely

The op-ed below by Justin Owen, Benjamin Clark, and Alexandria Gilbert outlines the findings of Beacon’s new education spending study. This article originally appeared in Wednesday’s Tennessean. A similar article appeared in Sundays’ Knoxville News Sentinel (subscription required). by...
September 4th, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

Cronyism: A Tennessee Love Story

Beacon CEO Justin Owen pens a guest article at the new blog, Tennessee Brush Fires, about the pitfalls of corporate welfare. Here’s an excerpt. Since 2005, Tennessee governments have handed over $1.75 billion in the form of tax credits and cash grants to large companies. And the vast majority of...
August 2nd, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

Unions have lost workers’ trust

The article below appeared in Tuesday’s Tennessean in celebration of National Employee Freedom Week, which seeks to educate workers across the nation about their rights when it comes to union membership. by Justin Owen & J.C. Bowman Apathy and loss of trust in government are on the increase....
June 25th, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

Expanding TennCare would hurt patients, taxpayers

Beacon Director of Policy Trey Moore warns against the consequences – both fiscal and moral – of expanding Medicaid in Tennessee. This article originally appeared in Sunday’s Knoxville News Sentinel. by Trey Moore Gov. Bill Haslam recently announced he would decide this month whether...
March 17th, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

We need to shine the light on electric utilities

by Justin Owen With cold weather come slimmer wallets, as Tennessee families watch their electricity costs skyrocket in winter months. However, there may be more to your rising electric bills than you realize. Public utilities are up to some interesting things these days, and it’s costing you quite...
March 4th, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

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