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Federal-State-Local Relations: Trends of the Past Decade and Emerging Issues
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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Federal-state-local relations have changed significantly over the past decade. Events and trends causing these changes have had both positive and negative effects on the capacity of state and local governments to carry out their responsibilities across a range of domestic programs and policies. This report discusses how changed federalism policies and federal budgetary retrenchment have worked to broaden the role of the states in the intergovernmental system, while federal regulatory trends have lessened state discretion but not state responsibilities. The report then links these factors to three emerging issues that the Congress should be aware of as it seeks to address the budget deficit and pursue other national priorities
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