Bill Fox News

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Amazon starts collecting Tennessee sales tax January 1

This holiday season is the last for Tennessee residents to buy items on Amazon without having to pay state and local sales taxes. Bill Fox, a UT economist and widely recognized expert on e-commerce’s impact on sales taxes, was featured in the Chattanooga Times Free Press where he said said the new tax law “doesn’t solve the broader issue of the inability to collect tax on remote commerce.”

Study: TennCare Satisfaction at its Highest

Overall enrollee satisfaction with the TennCare program is at its highest level, according to a UT report released today. Ninety-five percent of TennCare recipients surveyed expressed satisfaction with the care they received, the highest level since the program’s inception. This finding is included in “The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients 2013,” prepared by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

Tennessee Data Center Releases Resources for Study of State Population

Tennessee has seen an 11.5 percent overall growth in population since 2000. The older population in the state also has increased 21.3 percent since then, outpacing the nation. These and other demographic trends can be examined through several free resources being offered to the media and interested residents by the State Data Center, based at UT.

UT Report Examines Growth, Impact of Hispanic Population in Tennessee

Despite having the third-fastest growing Hispanic population in the country, the size of Tennessee’s Latino population is still smaller than the national average. That’s according to a study recently released by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research. The report examines the impact of Hispanic population growth on the state’s economy, labor force, education system, and social services sector.

UT Study: Number of Uninsured Children Decreases, TennCare Satisfaction Remains High

The number of uninsured children in Tennessee has declined compared to last year, while the number of adults without insurance has remained the same, according to a study released today by UT Knoxville’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Increased enrollment in TennCare, the state’s medical assistance program for those with low income, and CoverKids, a program for children eighteen and younger, are possible reasons for this decrease, according to the study.