Posts Tagged ‘Pork Report’

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

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

Volkswagen layoffs loom amid questions of new “clawback” rules investigates how a new state law will fail to protect taxpayers from a recently announced layoff of 500 workers by Volkswagen. The auto manufacturer has received hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money for its Chattanooga plant, and the state will likely be unable to recoup any...
May 28th, 2013 | Recent News | 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

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

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

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