ThinkTN in the News: Soaring Tennessee home prices push American Dream out of reach for many, study finds

The Tennessean (July 8, 2018) – A key pillar of the American Dream is increasingly out of reach in Tennessee as housing costs swell and residents face a greater shortage of affordable homes than in most states, according to new research. The state’s housing challenges are detailed in a report released Tuesday by ThinkTennessee, the moderate public policy research organization, and the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency. Read …

Report Finds Tennessee Homes Vital to Health, Education Outcomes, But Increasingly Out of Reach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 7, 2018) – Quality housing is becoming more scarce and expensive for renters and would-be-homeowners in Tennessee, finds a new policy brief released today by ThinkTennessee and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, putting other priorities, like health and education, at risk. The fourth in ThinkTennessee’s State of Our State 2018 dashboard series, the report demonstrates how market …

ThinkTN in the News: How to make voting great again in America

THE TENNESSEAN (July 20, 2018) –  Here is an important takeaway from the infamous July 16 Helsinki, Finland, press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump  and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin: After-the-fact affirmation that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential election and that Putin’s regime may do so again in the 2018 midterm elections. … In a March guest column, …

ThinkTN in the News: We’re using more energy than almost every other state

JOHNSON CITY PRESS (July 13, 2018) – Tennessee ranks 50th in the nation in average monthly electricity consumption per household, according to a ThinkTennessee study. Families in Tennessee use and pay more for electricity than most Americans. In fact, Tennessee ranks 45th in residential electricity bills with an average monthly bill of $129. To put this in perspective, Arkansas, Kentucky and North …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee no longer a top 10 state for business

NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL (July 10, 2018) – Tennessee is no longer among the top 10 states for business, according to a recent analysis by CNBC. The Volunteer State ranked No. 13 on CNBC’s 2018 list of “America’s Top States for Business,” down from No. 9 in 2017. Texas ranked No. 1 on this year’s list and Alaska came in last. …

ThinkTennessee Finds Sustainable Energy a Big Opportunity to Cut Costs, Create Jobs For Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 6, 2018) – Tennessee’s families consume and spend more on energy than most Americans, report ThinkTennessee and The Southern Environmental Law Center in a new policy brief released today. According to the researchers, Tennessee also trails states across the nation in terms of energy efficiency and renewable energy production. The third in a series related to ThinkTennessee’s …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennesseans struggle to get and stay healthy

THE TENNESSEAN (June 14, 2018) – Despite having some of the best health care companies in world, the people who live and work in Tennessee are not healthy. Too many of us are too fat. Tennessee has the worst childhood obesity rate in the USA, and the fifth worst adult obesity rate. There are only seven states where residents smoke more …