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Report: State Budget Cuts – Not the Best Route During Recession

March 31, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Balancing the state budget in Tennessee has been a challenge, as it has been for almost every state. And Tennessee, like most others, has focused on cutting spending. A new report released by the Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative lists alternatives to those cuts, to help states get back on that long road to economic recovery.

David Shreve, an economist and report co-author, says legislators need to put politics aside, because cutting state spending hurts the economy. Instead, he suggests states focus on fine-tuning their tax code so it reflects a progressive structure - meaning those who make the least pay the smallest share, and those who make the most pay a larger share.

"This is not only much, much easier to do than anyone would imagine, it's very economically sound to approach it this way."

While many would argue against raising taxes in tough economic times, Elizabeth Wright, executive director of Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, says the discussion is more complex and needs to focus on getting rid of unsound and unfair taxes.

"Our state economy is based far too heavily on the sales tax. Most states have a more even balance: a sales tax, a property tax and a tax on personal income."

The report also suggests tapping into rainy day funds, scrutinizing existing tax breaks and encouraging more federal revenue sharing.

The full report is available at

Randy O'Brien, Public News Service - TN