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.
Feb 3, 2010 8:48 AM