Currently, prisons and probation departments are funded by headcount, creating a perverse incentive to keep as many people in the system as possible. Restructuring funding based upon outcomes would reverse this incentive. READ MORE
This update addresses the problems with the juvenile justice system in the state of Tennessee and offers reasonable and helpful solutions. READ MORE
We can either eliminate barriers that keep them from becoming productive, taxpaying citizens, or we can leave those barriers up and risk them turning back to a life of crime. READ MORE
Advancing Sensible Justice Reform package. READ MORE
Tennessee prides itself on being a state that values smaller government, less regulation, and respect for individual liberty. Yet, while we have made significant progress in a number of critical policy areas, the Volunteer State’s regulation of its workforce continues to be among the most burdensome nationwide. In particular, Tennessee requires a government license to... READ MORE
The Pork Report Exposes Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Tennessee government. READ MORE
Read our 2017 Education Package. READ MORE
Read our 2017 criminal justice package. READ MORE
The Beacon Center of Tennessee and National Federation of Independent Business released a how-to guide to help lawmakers determine which licensing laws are necessary and which should be cast aside. READ MORE
Check out this year's version of our most famous annual publication! READ MORE
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Tennessee Pork Report, a publication of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. We have spent the last decade thoroughly researching and reporting government waste, fraud, and abuse. Fittingly, this milestone year has uncovered that state and local government officials squandered a record-breaking $763 million in taxpayer money. The report highlights this mismanagement of taxpayer... READ MORE
Click here for the 2016 Legislative Guide on Education READ MORE
Make sure to take a look at our new, comprehensive package on education reform in the state of Tennessee. READ MORE
"It is time that Tennessee legislators repeal the tax, return peace of mind to the thousands currently saddled with the punitive penalty." READ MORE
"The Beacon Center's Healthcare Reform Package for 2015 is our roadmap for legislators" READ MORE
"...but when that same program leads to significant loss of income, puts Tennesseans out of work, and diminishes opportunities to find new jobs, the program has failed." READ MORE
Take a look at our brand new school choice options booklet “Allowing Children to Dream Big.” READ MORE
The Beacon Center just released a brand new study on the effect of vouchers on public education. READ MORE
Our brand new 2014 Pork Report is out, check out all the waste we found this year. READ MORE
Watch our new inspiring video covering our school choice rally featuring over 1,000 people from across the state. READ MORE
Beacon's new Faces of Freedom report, "Our State, Our Future," showcases how Tennesseans are harmed by the income tax on stocks and bonds. READ MORE
Beacon releases a new infographic on President Obama's failed Pre-K proposal READ MORE
Beacon proposes new calculations for the state spending limit known as the Copeland Cap. READ MORE
Beacon releases its roadmap to freedom, providing one freedom-oriented idea for each remaining legislative day of the 108th General Assembly. READ MORE
Beacon's releases its annual rankings of the state's 50 most populous cities based on their business climate. READ MORE
A new Beacon Center report analyzes how many tax dollars go into the classroom and the impact spending has on student performance. READ MORE
Beacon has published a new infographic exposing the pitfalls to government picking winners and losers in business. READ MORE
Beacon's most famous annual publication comes packed with government pork in 2013. READ MORE
Each year, the Beacon Center ranks the 50 most populous cities in Tennessee based on their business climate. Beacon analyzes data from a range of sources to give each city a score in three categories: business tax burden, economic vitality, and community allure. Below are the most recent rankings. 2013 Business-Friendly City Ranking 2012 Business-Friendly... READ MORE
At the beginning of each Tennessee General Assembly every two years, Beacon published a comprehensive Legislators’ Guide to the Issues. The guide covers a range of policy issues, offering free market reforms in each area in a concise, one-page format. A complimentary copy of the guide is provided to every state legislator. In the second... READ MORE
The Tennessee Pork Report is the Beacon Center’s most famous annual report. In its 11 years of publication, the Pork Report has exposed more than $2 billion in government waste, fraud, and abuse by state and local governments. Below are links to each annual Pork Report. 2017 Pork Report 2016 Pork Report 2015 Pork Report 2014 Pork... READ MORE
A new Beacon policy brief calls for immediate reform to Tennessee's civil asset forfeiture laws. READ MORE
Beacon has published a new policy infographic explaining why expanding Medicaid in Tennessee is unaffordable and immoral. READ MORE
A new report examines how school choice has changed lives, while other families struggle to find educational options for their children. READ MORE
The third edition of the publication offers lawmakers a roadmap to freedom and prosperity in Tennessee. READ MORE
ChooseMeTennessee.com will provide parents with an opportunity to become engaged in the school choice discussion. READ MORE
Economists, researchers, and professors analyze various tax policies that lead to a freer, more prosperous Tennessee. READ MORE
The Middle Tennessee city takes the top spot in Beacon's seventh annual ranking of local business climates. READ MORE
In a new policy report, Beacon puts forth state-led healthcare solutions to fix Washington's botches and outlines how Tennessee should reject the Affordable Care Act. READ MORE
Beacon released a policy report today analyzing various solutions to meet the growing need for transportation funding that do not involve a gas tax increase. READ MORE
Beacon calls on state lawmakers to enact welfare reform to prevent abuse of taxpayer money. READ MORE
The Beacon Center releases its seventh annual report exposing government waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer money. READ MORE
Beacon and the Friedman Foundation release a poll confirming Tennesseans' support for parental choice in education. READ MORE
Nearly seven in ten Nashville voters are against Mayor Karl Dean's proposed 13 percent property tax hike. READ MORE
Beacon releases a portion of a poll showing that voters overwhelmingly oppose Mayor Dean's 13 percent tax increase. READ MORE
In a new policy brief, Beacon offers alternatives to Mayor Dean's proposed budget and property tax increase. READ MORE
Beacon puts out an infographic on the budget of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, which includes a 13 percent tax hike. READ MORE
As lawmakers set to discuss repealing the state death tax, Beacon releases a report telling the stories of farmers harmed by the tax as part of its "Faces of Freedom" series. READ MORE
Beacon teams up with the Laffer Center for Supply-Side Economics to publish Dr. Art Laffer's study on the economic harm caused by Tennessee's death tax. READ MORE
As discussions begin about setting up a state health exchange, the Beacon Center has published a policy insight outlining the myths vs. facts of the issue. READ MORE
The Beacon Center releases its second pamphlet offering one free market idea for each remaining day of the 107th General Assembly READ MORE
Justin Owen joins Grover Norquist, Dick Patten, Duane Parde, and Tim Phillips in a letter urging the governor to support repealing the death tax. READ MORE
Farragut takes the title as Tennessee's Most-Business Friendly City in the Beacon Center's annual ranking of city business climates. READ MORE
A new report by TCPR shows how stringent rules harm many local small business owners. READ MORE
Senior fellow and former state Rep. Donna Barrett outlines a proposal to more accurately determine the impact of state legislation. READ MORE
TCPR and CAGW team up to release Tennessee's only publication detailing government waste, fraud, and abuse. READ MORE
The new Focus577 campaign shows that Tennessee could create 577 jobs every week by enacting lawsuit abuse reform. READ MORE
A new study released by TCPR and the Foundation for Educational Choice shows a stark contrast in two state's education results. READ MORE
TCPR launches a campaign to encourage Governor Bill Haslam to join the Florida legal challenge to ObamaCare. Make your voice heard! READ MORE
TCPR rings in the 107th General Assembly with a second edition of its free market policy guide. READ MORE
TCPR's releases its annual report ranking the business climate of the state's 50 most populous cities. READ MORE
TCPR research fellow Allyn Milojevich shows the damaging impact cap and trade could have on the Tennessee economy. READ MORE
Every week this summer, TCPR will launch a series of "Mini Pork Report" videos at tennesseepolicy.org. READ MORE
The 2010 Tennessee Pork Report, released today, provides nearly 100 examples of wasted tax dollars. READ MORE
TCPR released a policy report today on public transit in conjunction with transportation expert and author Randal O’Toole. READ MORE
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research encourages the enactment of a parental choice scholarship program to benefit low-income families in Memphis. READ MORE
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released a policy brief in response to the governor’s proposed 2010-2011 state budget. The release, titled Attaining a Balanced Budget for the State of Tennessee, applauds many of the steps taken by the governor, but calls for additional cuts, fewer tax increases, and the privatization of various government services. READ MORE
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today made available in electronic version its most recent publication, An Idea a Day: 45 Ideas for a Prosperous Tennessee. The pamphlet offers one innovative free market idea for each remaining legislative day of the 106th General Assembly. Each idea is surmised in one brief sentence, followed by a link to original work published by TCPR on the issue. READ MORE
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released a policy brief examining the education reform proposals currently sought by Governor Phil Bredesen. The governor issued a proclamation last Thursday calling a special session of the General Assembly to address certain education laws so that the state could seek nearly $500 million in federal “Race to the Top” education funding. The special session will begin on Tuesday, January 12. READ MORE
Both the House and Senate bills expand Medicaid eligibility, potentially devastating Tennessee’s budget. As a result, TennCare—the state’s Medicaid program—could become the health insurance option of nearly one in four Tennesseans. READ MORE
Shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) is fighting hard to change the rules around how its chief competitor, FedEx, does business. FedEx is one of Tennessee’s largest employers and taxpayers, so the move could not only impact the company but the entire state of Tennessee. READ MORE
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released a brief titled Implementing State-Based Healthcare Reform in Tennessee. The brief offers five solutions to reducing the costs of and expanding access to insurance for Tennesseans. READ MORE
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