Posts Tagged ‘government reform’
In a joint Tennessean op-ed, former Gov. Phil Bredesen and Sen. Fred Thompson promote the launch of the “Yes on 2″ campaign, which is supported by Beacon.
Amendment #2 also has the support of such top organizations as the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Beacon Center of Tennessee and many others that have already endorsed or are actively supporting it.
You can read the whole article here.April 29th, 2014 | Recent News
Tennessee Watchdog recently wrote an article about the recent $18 million promised to Tennessee from the Federal Government to help end homelessness. The article cited the Beacon Center’s objection to this plan.
Mark Cunningham, spokesman for the Nashville-based Beacon Center of Tennessee told Tennessee Watchdog that solving homelessness isn’t as simple as the government indicates.
“Good intentions aside, history shows that simply increasing funding to provide for the homeless does not equate to diminishing or eliminating the homeless populations in our nation’s most poverty-ridden communities,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham cited New York City as an example.
“The city is able to provide shelter and sustenance for over 85 percent of the homeless population. Yet these individuals remain sheltered and dependent upon these handouts, which places an unsustainable burden upon the government to continuously increase funding as more citizens seek these services and fewer transition off the federal tab.”
Cunningham suggested private means, such as a charity, as an alternative to reducing homelessness.
Read the entire article here.April 28th, 2014 | Recent News
Beacon CEO Justin Owen on the withdrawal of the Hall Income Tax repeal bill:
“We are deeply disappointed that we could not provide needed tax relief to Tennessee’s seniors and job creators by repealing the Hall Income Tax. But it is important to note that this bill died purely based on perception due to unexpectedly poor revenue news delivered during the course of the debate. There is strong support among Tennesseans for repealing this tax, and the economic benefits a repeal would provide are indisputable. We will not back down until this immoral and economically destructive tax is off the books and Tennessee becomes truly income tax free once and for all.”April 17th, 2014 | Recent News