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KNOXVILLE— Competing strategies for addressing the country’s long-term fiscal crisis will be the topic of discussion at this month’s Knoxville Economics Forum, sponsored by the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jane G. Gravelle, a renowned specialist in the economics of taxation, will be the keynote speaker at the Friday, April 20, event. Her talk is entitled, “The Long Term Fiscal Outlook: Are Tax Increases in Our Future?”

The forum will be at Club LeConte atop the First Tennessee Building, 800 South Gay Street.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 8:00 program. Tickets are $20, payable on the day of the event. Registration is also available at

Gravelle is a senior specialist in economic policy at the Congressional Research Service. She is an expert on the economics of taxation and fiscal policy.

She is the author of The Economic Effects of Taxing Capital Income, and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy. She is the editor of the Tax Expenditure Compendium, which is published every two years by the Senate Budget Committee.

“We are excited about having Jane visit the Knoxville Economic Forum,” said Matt Murray, UT professor of economics and director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. “Jane is one of the nation’s leading scholars on federal fiscal policy. She will deliver a dynamic and engaging discussion with something for everyone.”

The Knoxville Economics Forum is a local, nonprofit organization founded in 2010. Its mission is to foster open and honest discussion of the most important economic issues in East Tennessee by inviting leaders in business, politics, and economics to share their views. Past speakers have included Senator Bob Corker; Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T.

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