UUSS 2011: Social Work - Christopher Taylor & Katrina Long
Project: Preserving Tennessee’s Social Service InfrastructurePresenters: Christopher Taylor, Katrina Long, Johnna Cosby, Elise McNuttFaculty Advisor: Todd StanfieldThe social service infrastructure that protects vulnerable Tennesseans is at risk during the current economic and political climate. This is primarily because of our existing funding structure that relies upon revenues from sales tax. This results in inadequate resources for community-based mental health programs, the inability to protect our children, thereby our future, and restrictive access to health care for low income and vulnerable Tennesseans. We address the funding structure by offering modifications to sales tax revenue generation coupled with a change to a fairer tax structure where all Tennesseans and businesses contribute. We discuss benefits of eliminating food tax, reasonably increasing the tax on tobacco and alcohol, implementing an internet tax while closing corporate loopholes, and implementing a state income tax as a means of increasing revenue andbalancing the state budget.