New Commission report recommends state expand access to rehabilitation programs for state prisoners housed in county jails
  • TACIR Receives Outstanding Policy Achievement Award

    Wednesday, August 09, 2017 | 7:22am

    The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) was recently recognized for outstanding public policy achievement by the Governmental Research Association (GRA).  The GRA, a national organization for professionals engaged in public policy research, recognized TACIR for the tangible improvements in government made possible in part by its 2015 report, Municipal Boundaries in Tennessee: Annexation and Growth Planning Policies after Public Chapter 707.  The report, available online at http://www.tn.gov/tacir/section/tacir-publications, was part of a multi-year research project that was instrumental in helping state legislators overhaul the state’s annexation laws.  Several of the report’s recommendations were adopted or have otherwise influenced state law, the most recent example being the recommendation to allow cities, with the consent of the land owner, to annex non-adjacent land.

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  • Tennessee Needs at Least $41.5 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

    Friday, September 09, 2016 | 12:59pm

    Tennessee needs at least $41.5 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of 2014-2019 according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  The need for public infrastructure improvements as reported by state and local officials is down $299 million (0.7%) compared with the year before, mainly because of a $611 million decrease in the Transportation and Utilities category that was driven by $1 billion in decreased costs for road projects already in the inventory.

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  • Hotels, Homesteads, and Power Plants: Three Studies on Disparate Topics

    Friday, February 12, 2016 | 12:04pm

    Nashville, TN, February 12 – A state policy group, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, has recently concluded its reports on three studies, each required by state law, that provide a glimpse into the breadth and complexity of the policy issues routinely confronted by the state and its local governments.  While the three reports cover disparate topics—lodging taxes, homestead exemptions, and payments in lieu of taxes—they each demonstrate the complex, overlapping nature of our federal, state, and local governments and how the actions of one can affect others.  The Commission’s reports are posted on its website at www.tn.gov/tacir.

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  • Tennessee Needs at Least $42.3 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 1:31pm

    NASHVILLE—Tennessee needs at least $42.3 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of 2013-2018 according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  The need for public infrastructure improvements as reported by state and local officials is up $4.1 billion (10.7%) compared with the year before, mainly because bridges with remedial needs exceeding $50,000 are now treated as immediate needs, consistent with all other project types in the inventory regardless of when funds will be available to repair or upgrade them.  Without those bridge projects, the total cost would have increased by only $369 million (1.0%).

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Valuing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties in Tennessee

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 10:06am

    Nashville, TN, March 17, 2015—Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) are the most significant federal incentive to support affordable housing for low-income Americans and have broad support at all levels, but there is wide disagreement about the most appropriate approach to valuing the properties they help fund.  The LIHTC program promotes investment in low-income housing with federal tax credits granted in return for restrictions on rent and tenant income.  Without the credits, which are the primary source of income for investors in these projects, they likely would not be built.

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Civil Remedies for Invasion of Privacy

    Monday, March 16, 2015 | 9:34am

    Nashville, TN March 13, 2015 – New technologies that make it easier to intrude on a person’s privacy without setting foot on their property are becoming cheaper and more pervasive, and traditional legal remedies for physical invasions of privacy do not explicitly protect against them.  Legislation proposed in Tennessee last year by state Representative Ryan Williams would have created a new right to sue someone who captured or attempted to capture an image, recording, or impression using high-tech camera lenses or audio recording equipment, regardless of whether the image or recording was published.

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  • TACIR Report Recommends Changes to Tennessee's Annexation Laws

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 10:35am

    An unprecedented moratorium on most annexation in Tennessee will soon be lifted, and a new scheme requiring consent from landowners or referendums for all annexations will go into effect.  The state legislature made this change in 2014 and tasked a state policy group, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, with reviewing the new law and related statutes to determine whether other changes might be needed to fully implement it.  The Commission just released its report, which is posted on its website.

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