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TN Watchdog Highlights 5 Trendsetters for Waste

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A word of caution about wasteful spending in the New Year. Our partners at "Tennessee Watchdog" are highlighting five trendsetters for bigger government and taxpayer waste.

Wasteful spending happens at all levels of government. It can found at city hall, the state capitol, and the halls of Congress. Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen leads the "Tennessee Watchdog" list of trendsetters for his comments on tea party republicans. "Now they've shut down the government like an arsonist sets a fire, and they're coming around acting like they're firefighters trying to rescue the children," said U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, (D) Memphis.

Cohen is also criticized for not wanting to repeal the medical device tax, which has been blamed for causing job loss in his hometown of Memphis.

Tennessee Watchdog is also warning taxpayers about hotel and motel taxes. Wilson County is looking to raise taxes on tourists to pay for a new expo center, and Nashville hotels are helping to support the new Music City Center.

Another trend for your tax dollars is that more of them are supporting film production. The state gave $12.5 million for ABC's "Nashville" show to film on location. An audit found some incentives are not re-invested in Tennessee. "They shouldn't be spending money on this kind of thing when we have schools that need money, roads to be repaired, and police to be hired," says Ben Cunningham with Tennessee Tax Revolt.

Tennessee mayor's also make the list. Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke is highlighted for taking a $3,000 trip to Germany to meet with Volkswagen leaders.
Nashville mayor Karl Dean is also criticized. "Tennessee Watchdog" reporter chris butler says the $500,000 the city gave to ABC's "Nashville," and the $65 million deal to a build a new baseball stadium should leave taxpayers with questions for the new year.

To read the "Tennessee Watchdog's" full report click here.

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