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  •  The connection is (5+ / 0-)

    as skillet notes in the excellent comment, that much of state and local government programs (including trainings and sometimes staffing) is supported by federal grants.

    The state and local taxes aren't enough.  This is the case for a great deal of the public sector, whether it be local, state or federal.  The local-state-federal sectors are not mutually exclusive.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:41:08 AM PDT

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    •  If the state and local taxes are not enough (1+ / 0-)
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      increase the state and local taxes to pay for what is necessary.

      Just because in the past a federal grant paid for something does not mean it is illegitimate for the state or local government to pay for it. When the federal funds are reduced or unavailable, taxes at the state and local level can make up the difference with higher state and local tax rates.

      Why the resistance to higher tax rates at the state or local level for paying for what is undeniably an important function of government?

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:53:47 AM PDT

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      •  Not every state or local area is the same. (2+ / 0-)
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        Some need more help than others from the federal government (see red states).

        The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

        by shoeless on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:08:36 AM PDT

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      •  Read their lips: No new taxes! (0+ / 0-)

        When Boner and McConnell and especially Norquist speak, GOP voters and local politicians listen.  'No new taxes and 'starve the beast' are taken seriously, to the point that local tax cuts and school cuts and office closures can take place at the same time.  My county is run by rabid right wing Republicans who argue that there is no money for schools and give out property tax rebates.  Stupid, hypocritical, and small minded.

      •  MA CAN'T INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES (1+ / 0-)
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        Google - "proposition 2 1/2 - MA 1981"  

        Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

        by 51percent on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:24:50 AM PDT

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        •  Property taxes are not the only taxes possible (0+ / 0-)

          Income taxes, sales taxes, auto registration, gasoline, etc.  are still allowed.  Getting sales taxes from internet sales and other better compliance methods are also possible for various states.

          The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

          by nextstep on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:37:24 AM PDT

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      •  But some of these issues (0+ / 0-)

        extend beyond state and local matters; there is a vested federal interest in making sure all practitioners (for instance) who practice a particular profession have a similar skill and competency level.  

        Some of these things are in the national and the federal interest so that relying on purely local or state resources to fund them would be counterproductive in the long run.

        It isn't simply about reallocation of resources, it is also about ensuring a national standard on particular matters that have national import even if they are administered at the local level.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:07:05 PM PDT

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