Report says refugees a net positive for Tennessee

Report says refugees a net positive for Tennessee

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NASHVILLE. (AP) - A report by the state's Fiscal Review Committee has found that refugees bring in more money to Tennessee than they cost the state in entitlements. But that's not the message the lawmakers who asked for the report want to hear.

State Rep. Joe Carr told WPLN-TV that he doesn't know if the report is accurate.

Carr serves on a subcommittee of the Joint Government Operations Committee that has been working on the assumption that there are hidden costs to resettling Tennessee's estimated 58,000 refugees.

The report estimates that Tennessee taxpayers spent $40 million last year to educate school-age refugees and $26 million to cover refugees on TennCare. That's about $66 million in costs. But refugees are estimated to have paid more than $103 million in taxes.

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