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Challenging Tennessee's Unauthorized Substance Case

Justin Owen discusses the problematic “crack tax” imposed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. This article originally appeared in the Federalist Society’s State Court Docket Watch. Tennessee’s Unauthorized Substances Tax is currently facing its first major constitutional challenge. Since 2005, the Tennessee Department of Revenue (“Department”) has attempted to collect an excise tax on all […]

August 31st, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

Barring Barr from the Ballot is Bad for Tennesseans

When Green Party candidate Ralph Nader was gearing up for his 2004 presidential run, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a Democrat, blamed his party’s loss in 2000 on Nader’s third party candidacy. “Nader cost us the White House last time, and he could again,” Richardson said. The Republicans didn’t seem to mind. Minnesota Governor Tim […]

August 27th, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

Mortgage Bailout Further Proof That ‘Responsibility’ is a Dirty Word in Congress

By Michael Lumley President Bush’s decision to sign the sub-prime mortgage bailout last Wednesday is more evidence that big government compassion has trumped common sense as a legislative goal. The $42 billion scheme costs taxpayers roughly the same amount as the gross domestic products of Jamaica, Costa Rica and the Bahamas combined – all to […]

August 11th, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

State Sunshine Law Leaves Tennesseans in the Dark

Drew Johnson “All state, county and municipal records … shall at all times, during business hours, be open for personal inspection by any citizen of Tennessee, and those in charge of such records shall not refuse such right of inspection to any citizen, unless otherwise provided by state law.” Those words – the heart of […]

June 3rd, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

The Shortfall is an Opportunity to Trim Fat from State Government

By Drew Johnson After years of sunny skies and easy sailing, Tennessee’s economy stands on the precipice of an economic downturn. Simultaneously, the state government faces a budget shortfall likely to exceed a half-billion dollars. Gov. Phil Bredesen and many state lawmakers seem quick to blame the shortfall on a lack of revenue – a […]

May 5th, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

CoverTN is No Magic Cure for the Uninsured

By Drew Johnson Today marks the beginning of Cover the Uninsured Week. Tennessee bureaucrats plan to celebrate with a “Cover Tennessee Call-In For Coverage,” a taxpayer-funded advertising effort to increase participation in state-run healthcare schemes including CoverTN. Unfortunately, there is no reason to celebrate CoverTN. The state’s flawed insurance plan for uninsured working adults does […]

April 28th, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

2008 Tennessee Pork Report: $260M in Waste & Abuse

NASHVILLE – The 2008 Tennessee Pork Report, released today, exposes $260 million in waste, fraud and abuse of tax dollars. Authored by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Tennessee’s free market think tank, in partnership with Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s premier taxpayer watchdog, the 2008 Tennessee Pork Report is the only comprehensive examination […]

April 22nd, 2008 | Policy | Read More

Simple Steps Will Stop Per Diem Abuse

By Drew Johnson One of the greatest features of Tennessee’s state government is its part-time legislature. Since lawmakers generally meet for no more than 90 days every two years, the state’s elected officials are true “citizen legislators.” Most legislators hold their office, not to boost their income, but to serve the public. Unfortunately, some lawmakers […]

March 17th, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

Wasteful Spending Continues for the Three Little Pigs of Washington County

By Drew Johnson Everyone remembers the fairy tale about the “Three Little Pigs.” You may not know, however, that we have our very own version of the Three Little Pigs right here in Washington County. In the fairy tale version, the Three Little Pigs leave home to seek their fortunes, learning valuable life lessons along […]

March 16th, 2008 | Commentary | Read More

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