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Baker Center Releases Paper on Future of Roadway Funding


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.

Study: Tennessee’s Economic Outlook for Fall 2015

Tennessee’s economy performed well in the first half of 2015 and largely followed a similar pattern of growth as the US economy, but the state’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average, according to a study released Monday by the Center for Business and Economic Research.

Baker Center Becomes Diplomacy Lab Partner with US Department of State


The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been selected as a partner in the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab program. The Diplomacy Lab helps the State Department broaden its research base and more effectively respond to a variety of global challenges.

Former NATO Ambassador Kurt Volker to Speak at Baker Center

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Former NATO Ambassador Kurt Volker—a leading expert in US foreign and national security policy—will speak at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at as part of the Ashe Distinguished Lecture Series.

BBC Interviews UT Students, Faculty


A BBC News crew came to Tennessee last week to look a the state’s emerging role in new advanced manufacturing techniques in the wake of the January announcement by the White House that UT would lead a new $259 million initiative known as IACMI, the the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. Under a pair of

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Baker Center Report to Guide State in Developing Energy Policy

With the energy industry changing rapidly, Tennessee should craft an energy policy that will allow the state to benefit both economically and environmentally. That’s the crux of a report done for the state by UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

In the News: Study Says Insure Tennessee Could Bring $1.14B to State

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A study from UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research says Governor Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan, which would expand Medicaid in Tennessee, would bring more than a billion dollars of new spending to the state. “The immediate purpose of Insure Tennessee is to provide health insurance to Tennesseans,” the study says. “At the same time, the injection of additional federal dollars will yield significant spillover benefits to the state economy.”

CBER Spring 2014 Economic Report Highlighted Statewide, Nationally

Several regional and national media outlets highlighted a recent UT report that shows winter was hard on the economy in the first quarter but a drop in unemployment rates and expected increases in housing investments signal stronger gains for the remainder of the year. The Center for Business and Economic Research prepared the study. Media outlets that

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