Even elected officials have trouble prying loose government information

Tucked in a Nashville Scene article about Nashville councilman John Cooper is an anecdote that is not altogether unusual — an elected official hitting a roadblock in getting what he thinks Continue Reading

Public records request reveals county dropped the ball in monitoring PILOT agreements

Ten years ago, two Japanese companies agreed to bring jobs and investment to Washington County if the county gave them 10 years worth of tax breaks on their property, buildings Continue Reading

ECD posts online database of FastTrack grants, but leaves out job creation

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has posted online a searchable database of FastTrack grants since 2011, but has left out key information it gathers on job creation. Mike Reicher, Continue Reading

72% of Tennesseans think the state is not transparent with economic incentives to corporations

Just how transparent is the state of Tennessee with its economic development programs? In the eyes of Tennesseans, not very. A new poll by icitizen and The Beacon Center of Continue Reading

Report: Fiscal impact of tax breaks kept confidential

Tom Humphrey reports in his Humphrey on the Hill blog about a report to the state’s Fiscal Review Committee last week that highlights an inability to measure the cost of tax Continue Reading