January 10, 2019 9:31AM

Today, the Beacon Center of Tennessee released a new report on the state of Tennessee’s economic incentive programs and exposed major issues with many of the subsidies. Below are some of the findings discovered by the Beacon Center: Many companies that receive taxpayer money are not required to hire the number of workers promised. In fact, all 25 FastTrack agreements reviewed... READ MORE

December 19, 2017 8:00AM

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

July 14, 2015 12:51PM

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

May 13, 2013 1:17PM

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

May 10, 2013 1:19PM

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

March 22, 2013 1:18PM

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. 2018 Pork Report 2017 Pork Report 2016 Pork Report 2015 Pork... READ MORE

October 17, 2012 9:20AM

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

March 20, 2012 9:00AM

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

February 4, 2010 3:05AM

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

January 21, 2010 2:30AM

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

January 11, 2010 2:32AM

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

November 19, 2009 4:04AM

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

September 30, 2009 7:15PM

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

September 17, 2009 4:19PM

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released a report exposing that local governments in the state have spent $5.3 million on high-profile lobbyists to influence the state and federal government. The report, titled The Dangerous Cycle of Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying, looks at lobbying expenditures made by cities, counties, school boards, and other local public entities... READ MORE

September 13, 2009 7:27PM

Based on a compilation of independent sources, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has analyzed President Obama’s September 9th speech to a joint session of Congress outlining his new healthcare plan. READ MORE

August 13, 2009 7:30PM

The Speaker of the House and Lieutenant Governor will select the seventeen-member commission from this slate of candidates in the coming weeks. When there is an opening on the state Supreme Court or appellate court, those chosen to serve on the commission will then submit three nominees to the governor, who will select the next judge from those nominees. READ MORE

August 5, 2009 3:49AM

A report co-released today by the Show-Me Institute and the Tennessee Center for Policy Research finds that Tennessee has surpassed Missouri in both population and gross domestic product, and contends that a friendlier tax environment may be the reason for such growth. READ MORE

July 20, 2009 7:34PM

Legislative reception expenses top $400K during 2009 session. Business interests and even departments of state government spent big dollars wining and dining members of the Tennessee General Assembly during the 2009 legislative session. READ MORE

May 13, 2009 7:42PM

MP exercise with Whiteville Police initially canceled by public affairs office. By Clint Brewer Policy Brief No. 04-09 The Tennessee National Guard cancelled one of its military police company’s participation in a local police seat belt checkpoint a day before it was scheduled over concerns about the “perception” the public might have of the event.... READ MORE

May 3, 2009 7:47PM

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. READ MORE

April 23, 2009 7:49PM

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... READ MORE

March 31, 2009 7:53PM

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. READ MORE

February 11, 2009 7:58PM

At the advent of the 106th General Assembly, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research provided every member of the state legislature with a comprehensive guide to the issues facing the State of Tennessee. The Legislators’ Guide to the Issues provides free market policy solutions to issues related to (click each subject for a link to... READ MORE

November 2, 2008 8:05PM

By Justin Owen SEVIERVILLE – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) will name the City of Sevierville as the 2008 “Most Business-Friendly City in Tennessee” in a ceremony later today. The award is based on the results of TCPR’s annual report on the business climate of the state’s 50 largest cities. The study, which... READ MORE