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
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2018 Tennessee Legislative Summary
Let’s look at Beacon’s policy issues and draft our successes from the 2018 legislative session.
Tennessee ranked #1 for reducing occupational licenses!
Tennessee reduced the breadth and burden of its licensing by a whopping 5 percent.
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