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

Haslam administration slow to share economic incentives for development deal

Why is the Haslam administration so hush-hush on how much in economic incentive dollars it is giving to companies? In a case that Knoxville News Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy uses Continue Reading

New accounting standard to require governments to disclose cost of tax breaks

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board approved a new rule on Monday that requires governments to include in financial statements the value of tax abatements given to companies to spur economic development starting next Continue Reading