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Beacon Center survey shows Tennesseans strongly against handouts, want more transparency

A new poll from the Beacon Center of Tennessee reveals 72% of residents agree the state government is "not transparent" when it comes to giving incentives to corporations. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A new poll from the Beacon Center of Tennessee reveals 72% of residents agree the state government is "not transparent" when it comes to giving incentives to corporations.

The statewide survey asked residents several questions on corporate handouts, reflecting a majority are opposed to the practice. 69% of Tennesseans didn't believe taxpayer money should be used for handouts to certain businesses and only 15% believed government should be in the business of giving businesses handouts.

Beacon Center spokesman Mark Cunningham issued a statement with the poll results, stating ""It's not the government's job to pick winners and losers. Whether it's Regal Cinemas in Knoxville, Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, or one of the many hotels getting big money in Nashville, businesses should succeed on what they provide consumers, not who they know in government. We have already started educating the public on what corporate handouts really entail, and this poll shows our efforts have already started to pay off. We have a multi-year plan to educate the taxpayers of Tennessee on the downfalls of corporate favoritism that will hopefully lead to the end of this corrupt practice once and for all."

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