As we have witnessed with Nashville Mayor Cooper’s recent faux pas, a misunderstanding of the state’s Truth in Taxation law can at best create confusion among taxpayers, or at worst, be used to deceive them. Additionally, while the law does prevent Tennesseans from automatically paying higher property taxes, it has clearly provided little defense against... READ MORE
The Basic Education Program: How the Volunteer State’s Education Funding Formula Doesn’t Make the Grade
If Tennessee is investing more each year in education funding, yet nearly half those dollars do not make it to the classroom, it begs the question of how public education is funded in the first place. READ MORE
If Tennessee lawmakers do commit and embark on creating the most free and innovative economy the nation has ever seen, who knows? Someday soon the Tennessee Valley will be the new Silicon Valley. READ MORE
For several decades and under the control of both Republicans and Democrats, Tennessee has been known for its fiscally conservative budgeting. Years of limited spending and low taxes have kept hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of Tennessee taxpayers that might otherwise have gone to government bloat. In fact, according to the Tax... READ MORE
The report examines the ways Tennessee is currently spending money and where improvement is needed. READ MORE
Walking the Policy Tightrope: Balancing Lives and Livelihoods During the Covid-19 Pandemic
BY RON SHULTIS
The Beacon Center has released a brand new research report measuring the economic and health impacts of the COVID policies of four different states. The states measured were Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Michigan and were chosen to see how states that imposed tougher economic restrictions in the name of public safety fared compared to states... READ MORE
There is hope on the horizon for rural education. READ MORE
From Memphis to Johnson City, there is no shortage of government waste in Tennessee this year. READ MORE
Returning to Its Roots: Tennessee’s Recent Occupational Licensing Reforms and Future Opportunities
BY RON SHULTIS
Since the Right to Earn a Living Act was passed in 2016, Tennessee has eliminated several licenses, but additional opportunities for reform still exist. READ MORE
School districts and educators should celebrate with parents the fact that the state is providing another educational opportunity for children in their district. READ MORE
Checks and balances should exist in order to protect citizens' liberty, even in times of crisis. READ MORE
Every year, thousands of people across the United States move to Tennessee. While their reasons may vary, many choose to live here due to state-level policies such as the lack of a state income tax, low taxes per capita, and low levels of debt. These policies are well known and their benefits well documented. While... READ MORE
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