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TCRP Floats Idea for Increasing Government Paperwork

News release from TCPR:
NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released a policy brief outlining a proposal to improve the process for calculating the cost of state legislation. TCPR senior fellow and former state Rep. Donna Barrett authored the brief, titled Accurately Calculating the Cost of Tennessee Legislation.
The brief will be provided to legislative leaders in an effort to encourage them to review and revise the currently flawed process for calculating fiscal notes, which are cost analyses attached to every bill filed in the General Assembly.
Among the proposed changes, Barrett calls for the process to include an analysis on the impact legislation has on the private sector. Currently, only the impact on state tax revenues or expenditures is calculated, yet legislation almost always impacts the private sector, often in a negative way.

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TCRP Opposes Extension of Unemployment Benefits

News release from Tennessee Center for Policy Research:
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) today called on Gov. Bill Haslam and legislative leaders to scrap a proposal that would extend unemployment benefits in Tennessee for an additional 20 weeks.
The last-minute proposal, filed by Sen. Lowe Finney and House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, would extend unemployment benefits for 28,000 unemployed Tennesseans. The plan would cost taxpayers $60 million in federal, state, and local tax dollars.
Unemployment insurance is traditionally offered for a period of 26 weeks. However, Congress has already extended these benefits to 79 weeks. The Finney-Fitzhugh proposal would tack another five months onto this, extending unemployment benefits for a total of 99 weeks, or nearly two years.
Studies show that the extension of these benefits has actually harmed, not helped, the economy and those that receive them. Economists widely agree that extending the benefits causes the unemployed to remain jobless. Even former top Obama Administration economic advisor Lawrence Summers has stated that “government assistance programs contribute to long-term unemployment by providing an incentive, and the means, not to work.”
“While it is touted as a measure to ‘protect’ the unemployed, this proposal is bad for everyone,” said TCPR president Justin Owen. “It strips taxpayers of an additional $60 million that our state and federal government don’t have to spend. It also harms the very unemployed who are stuck in a rut. We need to be throwing them a rope, not dumping buckets of water on them.”
The proposal, SB2114-HB2156, will be evaluated this week, as lawmakers are seeking to wrap up the legislative session for the year.
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan think tank committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee. Through research and advocacy, the TCPR promotes policy solutions grounded in the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government. For more information, visit www.tennesseepolicy.org.