Read our 2017 Education Package. READ MORE
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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
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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
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The Dirty Dozen: Makeup Artist
Tennessee believes to be truly qualified to put makeup on others, you need to spend 750 hours in a classroom.
The Dirty Dozen: Barber/Cosmetologist
This inconsistency between two very similar occupations speaks to the arbitrary nature of these regulations.
The Dirty Dozen: Auctioneer
For such fast talkers, the process of becoming an auctioneer is a slow one.
Spotlighting Success: Marshall Shanks
Let’s let Marshall’s story serve as a reminder of all the potential that is yet to be unleashed in our state.
The Dirty Dozen: Security Alarm Installer
Let’s ask ourselves “How can we accomplish the goal of public safety?” Not “How can we make it harder for people to get a job?”
The Dirty Dozen: Locksmith
To be a locksmith in Tennessee, an individual must pay the government $100, take 30 hours of education, and possess two years of experience.
The Dirty Dozen: Hair Braider
Lawmakers should follow suit with the shampooing license repeal and free hair braiders from needing government permission.
The Dirty Dozen: Animal Massage Therapist
Our lawmakers must seek a full repeal of the mandate that animal massage professionals also be licensed vets.
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