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Intergovernmental Relations In a Time of Transition and Uncertainty

Monday, December 24, 2012

Evidence of serious problems in the American intergovernmental system is everywhere. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Ten.) recently called for an exchange by the federal and state governments of responsibilities for education and health policy to solve critical state financial problems. News stories report municipal bankruptcies and that state and local governments have laid off more than 700,000 employees during the past two years.

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, co-chaired by former Federal Re


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