Interested in open government? Bills to watch in 2017 in Tennessee

Lawmakers have filed dozens of bill this year that could affect a citizen’s ability to get information about their local and state government.  While it’s still early, here is a 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

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

TVA denies News Sentinel appeal to release incentives for auto-parts maker

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that TVA has rejected the newspaper’s appeal to reveal the incentives given to a South Korean company to expand its auto-parts manufacturing plant in Clinton. Continue Reading

Chattanooga citizen files second open government lawsuit over economic development

Chattanooga citizen Helen Burns Sharp has filed a second lawsuit against Chattanooga’s industrial development board, alleging more violations of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act and the Tennessee Public Records Act, Continue Reading