Posts Tagged ‘government handouts’

Editorial board praises Beacon-led welfare reform measure

The editorial board of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal praises the effort by Sen. Jim Tracy and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver to curb welfare abuse. As the editorial notes, the measure comes on the heels of an investigation by the Beacon Center that found welfare recipients using their EBT cards in strip...
March 1st, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Restrictions on EBT cards clears Senate takes a look at the bill to curb EBT/welfare abuse after it passed the Senate unanimously on Monday night. The article notes how the bill resulted from a Beacon investigation into the matter. Included in the article is a statement from Beacon CEO Justin Owen: “We applaud Sen. Jim Tracy...
February 26th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon applauds welfare reform

Statement from the Beacon Center on Senate passage of SB244: The Tennessee State Senate on Monday evening passed legislation to curb welfare abuse after the Beacon Center uncovered questionable uses of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in places such as strip clubs and liquor stores in large...
February 25th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Tennesseans boost Hollywood with film incentives has a very interesting story on how the state is forking over $22 million to the film industry in what Beacon’s Trey Moore says is bad for taxpayers. “This is one of the most insidious forms of corporate welfare out there,” Trey Moore, with the free-market think tank Beacon Center,...
January 3rd, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon speaks out against corporate welfare

The Nashville Metro Council is moving toward giving HCA, the nation’s largest hospital operator, a $66 million tax break to move one county over. WSMV, Channel 4 News gets Beacon CEO Justin Owen’s reaction to the handout. Watch the interview here.
November 27th, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon: Shut down TNInvestco

In the wake of an audit that found numerous problems with the state’s TNInvestco program, Beacon CEO Justin Owen explains to the Chattanooga Times Free Press why the program is bad for taxpayers and business. “As this audit shows, taxpayers’ money is handed out like candy with few safeguards...
November 19th, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

Taxpayers foot hefty bill for “Nashville” TV show

The Nashville Business Journal is out with a series of stories on the new hit TV show, “Nashville.” But their stories are not about the cast or plot, but about the “economic development” incentives Tennessee taxpayers are forking over to have the show shot in Nashville. Beacon...
October 15th, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon’s welfare investigation leads to bipartisan reform push

In a recent series of investigative reports, Tennessee Watchdog editor Chris Butler exposed how welfare recipients were using their Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT) cards on a litany of non-essential items. EBT transactions have taken place at Graceland in Memphis, a bar in Chattanooga, and a strip...
September 22nd, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

Bailouts punish successful states, help the foolish

Beacon CEO Justin Owen joins the Illinois Policy Institute’s Ted Dabrowski in calling for Congress to refuse a bailout of states like Illinois and California, outlining what this action would mean for Tennessee taxpayers. The article below originally appeared in today’s Tennessean. by Justin...
August 29th, 2012 | Commentary | Read More

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