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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
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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
State lawmakers have a unique opportunity to build on Gov. Lee’s overall deregulatory approach by codifying many of the reforms from his recent executive orders. READ MORE
This report offers the following solutions to get Nashville’s fiscal house in order: 1. Reform the Pension System 2. Reform Healthcare & Post-Employment Benefits 3. Rightsize the Government Workforce 4. Renegotiate & Reign in Corporate Welfare Deals 5. Enact a Spending Cap READ MORE
Don’t Call It a Comeback: Principles for Getting Tennesseans Back to Work and Phasing in Our Economic Recovery
BY RON SHULTIS
On April 13, 2020, Gov. Bill Lee announced an extension of Tennessee’s Safer at Home Order until the end of April. In addition to this extension, Gov. Lee announced the creation of the Economic Recovery Group, tasked with formulating a plan to reboot the state’s economy and put Tennesseans back to work, all while balancing... READ MORE
Today, the Beacon Center released a brand new package of 20 policy solutions focused on what policies the state of Tennessee should and shouldn’t enact moving forward when it deals with COVID-19. The suggestions relate to both public health and the economy. In terms of health, suggestions include ways to increase the number of medical professionals in the state, expand access to... READ MORE
This marks the 14th year of the Beacon Center’s Pork Report, our annual report exposing government waste, fraud, and abuse. While the Pork Report is a fun and creative outlet for our team to expose the top 25 most ridiculous instances of government spending in the past year, it is also a call to action... READ MORE
“Reviving Rural Tennessee” provides suggestions to help Tennessee’s Rural Communities
BY RON SHULTIS
While there is no one silver bullet to improve opportunities in rural communities, this package of policy solutions is a great start to making rural communities stronger and more competitive. READ MORE
Reform of public benefit systems is a perennial topic, but often seems too big to tackle. Before we can successfully reform public benefits in Tennessee, we need to better understand who is currently receiving support in our state and more importantly, why. What changes can be made to remove barriers for Tennesseans to successfully transition... READ MORE
The American criminal justice system rests on the familiar canon that everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In Tennessee, absent a first-degree murder charge, every defendant has a constitutional right to bail. This is set forth in Article I, Section 15 of the Tennessee Constitution, which provides “[t]hat all prisoners shall... READ MORE
Beacon Releases New Study Showing Lack of Transparency & Accountability in State Incentive Programs
BY RON SHULTIS
Today, the Beacon Center of Tennessee released a new report on the state of Tennessee’s economic incentive programs and exposed major issues with many of the subsidies. Below are some of the findings discovered by the Beacon Center: Many companies that receive taxpayer money are not required to hire the number of workers promised. In fact, all 25 FastTrack agreements reviewed... READ MORE
Every child is unique, and allowing parents to customize the education best tailored for their child not only benefits that child but society as a whole. READ MORE
This brief shows that, despite calls from some for more education spending, our current priorities are completely out of line. READ MORE
On the eve of the series finale of the show Nashville, which has been canceled twice in three years and cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, the Beacon Center released a new report showing the ineffectiveness of film incentives in Tennessee. READ MORE
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