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Government Role Hurts Enterprise

By Dr. Dale Bails State lawmakers in Nashville have joined the ranks of states willing to give away the store under the guise of economic development. A measure has amended the “Megasite Authority Act of 2007″ to let the state purchase, develop and turn land over to local authorities using proceeds from government bonds. This […]

May 6th, 2009 | Commentary | Read More

The Billion-Dollar Bonanza

A set of bond bills for public and private projects in this year’s state budget total well over $1.1 billion in cost. Not that anyone is talking about it.

May 3rd, 2009 | Policy | Read More

Rural Tennessee’s Wastewater Deregulation Battle

State government pushes green wastewater systems to the free market, and a powerful industry advocate puts up a fight. By Clint Brewer For the better part of two years, Tennessee state government has been trying to deregulate and broaden the maintenance and use of a green form of wastewater disposal. Standing in opposition to this […]

April 23rd, 2009 | Policy | Read More

Testimony on Economic Civil Rights Act

TCPR’s Justin Owen and Shaka Mitchell submitted written testimony to the House State Government Subcommittee this morning on the need for an Economic Civil Rights Act that would reduce the regulatory climate faced by entrepreneurs.

March 31st, 2009 | Policy | Read More

Treasury Program is Destined to Fail

Dr. Richard J. Grant If the purpose of the new Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP) is to make the financial markets work better, then it will fail. If the purpose is to transfer wealth from U.S. taxpayers and holders of U.S. dollars to those who are politically favored, then the plan will succeed. It always amazes […]

March 30th, 2009 | Commentary | Read More

Public-Private Investment Program will Destroy Wealth

The federal Public-Private Investment Program will destroy wealth, according to a commentary article by Tennessee Center for Policy Research Scholar Richard Grant in Sunday’s Tennessean. Find out more

March 28th, 2009 | Commentary | Read More

State GOP should be Committed to Openness

By Justin Owen Shaka Mitchell offers some advice to Tennessee Republicans, who recently found themselves in control of the state legislature for the first time in modern history. This article originally appeared in the Tennessean. After playing second fiddle in Tennessee politics since the time Queen Victoria ruled England, the state Republican Party made history […]

March 23rd, 2009 | Commentary | Read More

Tennessee Plan Puts Politics Before the Constitution

By Drew Johnson There is a place where a government has denied the constitutionally-protected voting rights of more than 3.3 million registered voters. Qualified candidates who want to run for office are prevented from appearing on the ballot. Judges who determine the fate of thousands are selected by well-connected interest groups in closed door meetings. […]

February 27th, 2009 | Commentary | Read More

We Know The 'Plan' is Not the Answer

Dr. Richard J. Grant This current recession will end. But that will be no thanks to government “plans” and “packages.” The new “Financial Stability Plan” has something in common with its companion “stimulus package,” It will do the opposite of what its name promises. When Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner introduced his plan, and the markets […]

February 19th, 2009 | Commentary | Read More

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