In the past three years, many states have increased or introduced new taxes in order to boost roadway funding. Tennessee, however, has made no policy changes and will increasingly confront challenges to its ability to fund roads, according to a new paper by researchers at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
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Alan Viard, a nationally recognized economist and resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will be the guest speaker at the Knoxville Economics Forum Friday, October 28. His speech, “The Business Tax Reform Debate: The 2016 Election and Beyond,” will address business tax reform as it relates to the 2016 election. Reservations are being accepted now for the event, which is sponsored by the Department of Economics in the Haslam College of Business.
Tennessee is in a good fiscal position and its economy is expected to continue to grow in 2017, according to UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research Director Bill Fox and Associate Director Matt Murray, who spoke last week at the center’s first economic forecasting luncheon.
UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research will host an economic forecasting luncheon September 8 to discuss what’s in store for Tennessee’s economy.
Economic growth in Tennessee has surged ahead of the nation’s pace of growth in recent quarters.
Rebecca Davis, a doctoral student in economics who works at the Baker Center, is one of three graduate students in the US to win a National Bureau of Economic Research Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Energy Economics for the next academic year.
Job growth and consumer spending continue to grow and position Tennessee and the nation’s economies for a strong 2016, according to a report released today from the Center for Business and Economic Research.
Matt Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, was recently featured in The Bakken Magazine. According to Murray, low gasoline prices are helping America’s economy avoid some of the downturns experienced in other parts of the world. The low prices have freed up a large amount of purchasing power for American consumers that’s being pumped back into the economy.
A recent policy brief about funding transportation from the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy has garnered national attention. Baker Center Director Matt Murray, David Greene, the senior Baker fellow in energy and the environment at the center, and Mark Burton, a research associate professor of economics and the director of economics for the Center for Transportation Research, collaborated on the report.
Tennessee spends less on a per capita basis than almost any other state on its highways and roads yet enjoys roadways that are better than those in most states. But according to a new paper produced by researchers at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, roadway quality is now at risk unless new funding is found.