City and Tennessee state government assistance for a Japanese automotive paint company planning to build a $61 million factory in East Chattanooga is one of 25 projects skewered in a Nashville-based, free-market research group's annual "Pork Report."

Under the heading of "Paint the Town Red, Pay the Company Green," the Tennessee Beacon Center's report this year criticizes the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the city of Chattanooga for giving land and financial assistance to recruit Nippon Paint, a Japanese paint manufacturer.

The department has awarded $1.1 million in support for the project at the former Harriet Tubman Homes site that Nippon Paint and Chattanooga officials announced in September.

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