Alexis Marshall

Alexis Marshall is the 2018 fall reporting intern at Nashville Public Radio. She is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Economists from around Tennessee presented an array of projections Wednesday to the State Funding Board, estimating how tax revenues will change over the next couple of years.

Professor William Fox from The University of Tennessee Knoxville tells officials he expects revenues to go up this year by about a half percent, but warns not to be overly optimistic.

“One needs to be cautious,” he says, “This is not suggesting that revenues are growing. It’s just that they’re almost keeping up with inflation.”

Courtesy Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Tennessee’s unemployment rate is the worst it’s been in a generation, and reflects the most sudden loss of jobs on record, state officials say. The April unemployment rate was 14.7%, which matches the national figure.

Marianne Wanamaker, a labor economist who served on the White House Council of Economic Advisors, says the jump is historic.

“It’s gigantic. I mean we’ve not seen anything like this since the Great Depression. And it’s going to get higher,” Wanamaker says. “It’ll get worse before it gets better.”

Divorce can be emotionally hard, but a provision approved just last year is intended to make the process easier. Self-represented divorces are now an option for couples with children, but there are still a few catches.