Posts Tagged ‘pork’

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

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

Governor gets bill restricting use of welfare cards covers the passage of a bill that restricts the use of Electronic Benefits Transfer cards by welfare recipients. The online news bureau notes Beacon’s role in initiating the reform effort. The legislation came after a report was released last summer by the Beacon Center of Tennessee,...
April 16th, 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

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

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

Pork Report covered far and wide

Media from across Tennessee covered the release of the 2012 Tennessee Pork Report and the wasteful spending contained therein. Below is a round-up of the television, radio, and newspaper mentions to date.   Television WSMV, Channel 4 News (Nashville) “Pork Report identifies $468 million in questionable...
June 27th, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

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