Name that tax: City misses a beat on musicians’ housing project

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

Photo by Chris Butler

The Ryman Lofts, a public housing project designed to make up for a supposed shortage of artists and musicians in Nashville — of all places — isn’t tax-exempt, as city officials originally believed.

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Stifling free speech? California looks to ban Confederate flag

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Alabama, California, First Amendment, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, National, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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California is looking to bar the “Stars and Bars.”

A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk to ban California from displaying or selling the Confederate flag or objects with images of it. The state’s Legislature passed the bill nearly unanimously last week.

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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

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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


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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