Properly structured, block grants can lead to better outcomes while spending fewer taxpayer dollars. READ MORE
All indicators show that Tennessee is now ahead of the curve and state lawmakers and policy workers should work to keep it that way. READ MORE
Social media users need to learn how to pick our battles. READ MORE
Brooke Harrell and her family live in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, around 30 miles from Dickson where she works as a cosmetology instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT). A graduate of TCAT-Dickson, Brooke has always lived in rural Tennessee, even though Nashville, less than 80 miles away is bursting with opportunities. Brooke’s husband is... READ MORE
We should cherish the free speech protections we still have and refrain from searching for self-gratifying ways of restricting some of those freedoms, lest we risk losing all of them. READ MORE
This week, Beacon was selected as a “Smart Bet” for 2020 by the Atlas Network. Atlas is an international network of think tanks from all over the world. At an upcoming U.S. Investors Summit in New York, just 10 of these think tanks will be given the opportunity to pitch to a group of successful... READ MORE
Want to work at Beacon? We don’t blame you. We were recently featured on Zippia’s blog. Read the article here to see what we’re all about! READ MORE
As Mayor Briley’s handlers and rich friends try to paint the picture of an effective mayor who moved the city of Nashville forward during his time in office, I’m calling bullsh*t. READ MORE
Today is Constitution Day. And on what should be a universally recognized holiday, I was privileged to be invited to speak at the illustrious Cato Institute on Constitutional Structure with two of the finest constitutional scholars in the land. Even though I am sure to be the yellow flavor Starburst in this particular packet, this... READ MORE
No one gets to say what you can and can’t say in America. READ MORE
As Beacon starts to take a closer look at potential improvements to the welfare system in Tennessee, CEO Justin Owen has a closer connection with the issue than you might be aware. Justin spent most of his formative years living with his mother and his grandparents. He was unaware at the time that his mom... READ MORE
I’ll take a low tax business friendly state over a tax dependent state like California any day of the week. READ MORE
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