MTSU professor Steven Livingston takes an interesting look at the rise in requests for federal aid under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. It appears globalization, our state's manufacturing make-up and recession are all factors to some extent, but pinning the increase on any one of them is tricky.
In 2009, about $3.1 million of the $165 million appropriated for the program went to Tennessee. This has increased by 27% in the past four years, as the state takes an ever larger portion of total TAA distributions. In other words, Tennessee needs more and more support relative to other states.
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