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This Policy Brief series is intended to disseminate and communicate research findings to a diverse audience – to review and assess current literature and to stimulate discussions and reflection on these issues so critical to our nation. Researchers and policymakers who are affiliated with the Baker Center will present essays on a range of subject matter that is at the center of public debate. These essays will seek balance while at the same time presenting contrasting views of public policy problems and their potential solutions.

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Should the Federal Government Sell TVA? by Dr. Mary English

On April 10, 2013, President Barak Obama released his proposed FY 2014 budget. In the budget’s chapter on “Creating a 21st Century Government,” under the heading “Reform TVA,” there is a one paragraph discussion of the Tennessee Valley Authority. It concludes with this statement: “Given TVA’s debt constraints and the impact to the Federal deficit of its increasing capital expenditures, the Administration intends to undertake a strategic review of options for addressing TVA’s financial situation, including the possible divestiture of TVA, in part or as a whole.” this policy brief mainly summarizes factors that should be taken into account in that review. The brief begins with background information. It ends with a list of key points relevant to the prospective decision about TVA.

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