Posts Tagged ‘government waste’

Subsidies to popular museums scrutinized

Fox 17 has a story about how some museums and tourist attractions receive taxpayer handouts, even though others that do not have much more visitors. Watch the entire interview here.
March 14th, 2014 | Recent News | Read More

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

ABC 24 Memphis features Beacon spending study

Beacon CEO Justin Owen sits down with ABC 24 in Memphis to discuss troubling trends found in our recent education spending study. Watch the full interview here.
November 14th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Cronyism: A Tennessee Love Story

Beacon CEO Justin Owen pens a guest article at the new blog, Tennessee Brush Fires, about the pitfalls of corporate welfare. Here’s an excerpt. Since 2005, Tennessee governments have handed over $1.75 billion in the form of tax credits and cash grants to large companies. And the vast majority of...
August 2nd, 2013 | Commentary | Read More

TN Pork Report Unearths Half-a-Billion Dollars in Government Waste

TN Pork Report Unearths Half-a-Billion Dollars in Government Waste
NASHVILLE – The Beacon Center of Tennessee today released its eighth annual Tennessee Pork Report, exposing more than $511 million squandered by state and local governments over the past year. The annual report published by the Beacon Center, the state’s leading free market think tank and taxpayer...
June 26th, 2013 | Feature, Policy | Read More

“Nashville” TV show seeks more subsidies

The Nashville Business Journal takes a look at the film incentives received by the TV show “Nashville,” and discusses whether those handouts should be renewed if a second season is cast. Beacon’s Director of Policy Trey Moore says no. “If it’s successful enough to be picked...
May 8th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon Center and lawmakers team up to curb EBT card abuse

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee House of Representatives on Monday evening overwhelmingly passed legislation to curb welfare abuse. This comes on the heels of a Beacon Center investigation into questionable uses of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in places such as strip clubs and liquor stores in...
April 15th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Unemployment checks sent to the dead

The Tennessean covers a state Comptroller audit that found more than $73 million wasted by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This included sending unemployment checks to the deceased. The article provides Beacon CEO Justin Owen’s reaction to the findings. “It’s outrageous that...
April 5th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

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

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