Chris Butler is the Tennessee bureau reporter for Watchdog.org. Chris has nearly a decade of newspaper reporting experience and also has awards from the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press as well as the Louisiana Press Association. He earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech University and his master's degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Click the Facebook or Twitter icons below to follow Chris on his official social media accounts.

IRS screwing up Obamacare tax collection, audit shows

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  National, News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service's official Facebook page

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Internal Revenue Service officials must enforce a new Obamacare tax designed to collect money from medical device manufacturers, but they’re losing money because they don’t know which companies even qualify for the tax, a new audit shows.
On top of that, the IRS wrongly penalized more than 200 of these companies [...]

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Taxpayer-financed Robin Williams movie still lacks distributors

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  National, News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

AP file photo

One of Robin Williams’ final movies, “Boulevard,” filmed in Nashville more than a year ago with a $302,000 investment from Tennessee taxpayers, still has earned no interest from film distributors, according to a publicity agent.

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Stealing from taxpayers is easy, if you simply apply yourself

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Commentary, Tennessee  /  No Comments

ContentTheft-Large

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
(NOTE: This commentary is a parody and is meant to be construed as such.)
NASHVILLE — So you’re a government employee.
You have access to government money.
You take some of it for yourself — times are hard.
Judgmental self-righteous geezers call it stealing money, but people who are hip to the times realize this cash came [...]

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Vouchers add money to public schools instead of robbing them, report says

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

(FILE PHOTO) School-Voucher Program Supporters

Some of Tennessee’s most powerful teachers’ lobbyists are adamant school vouchers rob the state’s public schools of money, but a new report says that’s flat wrong.

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TN schools spending more on administrators, study shows

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

NO. 20 AND RISING: An annual study done by the National Education Association shows New Mexico jumped from 25th to 20th in per-pupil spending in the past year.

About a quarter of Tennessee’s public school districts, 33 in all, spend more on administrative costs — such as principals and school directors — than the statewide average of 10.5 percent, according to a new Comptrollers’ report.

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Voters deliver bloodbath to county commissioners after dramatic tax increase

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

TAX DEBATE: Twenty-six Pennsylvania state senators want to see the end of property taxes, but legislation has an uphill battle in the House.

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — One might say Fentress County resident David Beaty suffered a wee bit of abuse at the hands of County Executive Frank Smith, merely for complaining about a dramatic increase in property taxes at commission meetings.
There was that one meeting, of course, when Smith publicly called Beaty a “dumbass,” as [...]

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