Posts Tagged ‘energy policy’

An Idea a Day: A Roadmap to Freedom

An Idea a Day: A Roadmap to Freedom
Every other year, the Beacon Center publishes “An Idea a Day” for each remaining legislative day of the current General Assembly. This year’s publication offers a roadmap to freedom, providing 57 ideas for the second session of the 108th General Assembly. Click here to download the...
December 3rd, 2013 | Feature, Policy | Read More

Drinking the Hemlock Kool-Aid

TN Report offers an interesting analysis of the fallout from Hemlock Semiconducter, which was awarded nearly $300 million in taxpayer handouts before announcing massive layoffs at its Clarksville plant. TN Report gets Beacon Director of Policy Trey Moore’s take on the consequences of corporate...
March 4th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

We need to shine the light on electric utilities

by Justin Owen With cold weather come slimmer wallets, as Tennessee families watch their electricity costs skyrocket in winter months. However, there may be more to your rising electric bills than you realize. Public utilities are up to some interesting things these days, and it’s costing you quite...
March 4th, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

TVA ratepayers make up pension shortfall

In an interview with, Beacon CEO Justin Owen explains how electricity consumers will be on the hook for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s massive pension shortfall, which currently totals $4.5 billion. “The (TVA) story is symptomatic of a larger problem,” Owen said. “What it amounts...
October 9th, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

There’s More Than One Way to Pave a Road

There’s More Than One Way to Pave a Road
NASHVILLE – As gas prices remain stagnantly high, many families have felt the burdens of filling their gas tanks. One common proposal to fund Tennessee’s transportation needs is a gas tax hike, which would increase the already substantial cost confronting Tennesseans at the pump. The Beacon Center...
September 26th, 2012 | Feature, Policy | Read More

Beware of taxpayer-funded nuclear energy

October 27, 2011 Despite seeing a strong future for nuclear energy, the Beacon Center’s Justin Owen cautions against the government leading the charge with taxpayers’ money. Putting up taxpayer money for small reactors is wrong, said Justin Owen, president and CEO of Beacon Center of Tennessee,...
October 26th, 2011 | Recent News | Read More

2011 Pork Report uncovers $371 million in government waste

2011 Pork Report uncovers $371 million in government waste
NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released its 2011 Tennessee Pork Report, exposing that state and local governments across Tennessee wasted $371 million over the past year. For the sixth consecutive year, Tennessee’s premier free market think tank partnered with taxpayer...
June 28th, 2011 | Feature, Policy | Read More

Bredesen jumpstarts car company with gov’t money

The Nashville Business Journal picks up the recent story about tax credits going to Tennesseans who purchase electric cars. In the story, editor Chris Butler explains how only certain electric car manufacturers benefit, while others are left out of the mix....
November 12th, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

TCPR to investigate governor’s solar investment

News Channel 5 interviews Tennessee Center for Policy Research president Justin Owen about the revelation that Governor Bredesen is an investor in a new solar company started by his former Revenue Commissioner. In his eight years in office, Bredesen has directed millions of taxpayer dollars into building...
November 6th, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

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