BEACON CENTER OF TENNESSEE

BEACON CENTER OF TENNESSEE

Nashville, TN

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The mission of Beacon Center of Tennessee is to empower Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives so that they can freely pursue their version of the American Dream.

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BEACON CENTER OF TENNESSEE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2017 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

For decades, Tennessee has claimed to be an income tax-free state, even passing a constitutional amendment banning taxes on income. And for decades, this has been a lie – the state has continually taxed income derived from savings, stocks, and bonds since 1929 through its grandfathered-in "Hall Tax." But last year Beacon Center...

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BEACON CENTER OF TENNESSEE THREE FOR THREE IN COURT RULINGS

Tennesseans celebrate as the Beacon Center of Tennessee gets another win under its belt. The Beacon Center, a Nashville-based Atlas Network partner, continues its lawsuit-winning streak by shutting down two overly bureaucratic licensure programs. These victories sound a sigh of relief for independent contractors, free-market ent...

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SHARING ECONOMY VICTORY FOR AIRBNB ADVERTISING IN TENNESSEE

Airbnb is a popular and growing part of the new sharing economy, allowing people to earn extra money by renting out their homes for temporary use by others. This business model provides new competition to hotels, though, so governments face industry pressure to fine and regulate the home-sharing industry out of existence. Despit...

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CHALLENGING TENNESSEE’S HARSH LICENSE TO SHAMPOO HAIR

Occupational licensing requirements put government in the business of picking winners and losers, artificially propping up current practitioners at the expense of newcomers. In Tennessee, for instance, the state Board of Cosmetology requires 300 hours of training and up to $3,000 in tuition simply for a license to shampoo hair....

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CHALLENGE TO MANDATORY CA TEACHER UNION FEES HEARD BY U.S. SUPREME COURT

Freedom of association is a fundamental cornerstone of the ideas of liberty, but mandatory union fees for school teachers have long held many of those teachers captive to an ideological system that they don’t support. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing testimony in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a...

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MEDICAID EXPANSION BOTH COSTLY AND HARMFUL

Funding from the federal government can seem like “free money” to state officials who don’t have to take a personal role in levying higher taxes to hand out extra services to their constituents. The federal push to expand Obamacare’s Medicaid eligibility is therefore proving to be a tempting initiative even among politicians who...

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TENNESSEE’S BEACON CENTER ADVOCATES ‘RIGHT TO TRY’ LAW

A new package of health care reform proposals released this month from the Beacon Center of Tennessee includes a comprehensive analysis of the benefits of “Right to Try” legislation, which would allow terminally ill patients the option of trying experimental medication that has not yet received full approval from the Food and Dr...

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