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
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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.
How the Mass Transit Plan Hurts the Poor
When light rail systems are introduced it is only a matter of time before bus services get cut.
A Bad Sign For Free Speech in Tennessee
"The government should be getting out of the business of preferring different types of speech."
New Beacon Lawsuit Addresses School and Church Safety
Unfortunately, we have a regulatory board more interested in protecting entrenched industries from emergent technology using archaic and poo...
Edge AI v. Tennessee Alarm Systems Contractors Board
Adam Jackson knows security. He is a highly trained former soldier. He helped to provide electronic security for a U.S embassy, and installe...
Chipping Away at the Culture and the Cuisine
If the city can tell you who you can and can't feed in your home, it should be pretty obvious the law has gone too far.
Nashville Launches Hi-Tech Transit Campaign
"This plan is just really phat, and we are excited for all the citizens of Nashville to see how cutting edge we are."
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