People rightly concerned about the size and power of government typically focus their gaze on Washington, D.C. State and local government overreach is generally thought of as less of a problem than federal overreach. But, what if state and local government was no longer acting solely in the interest of their constituents, but rather, was instead acting on behalf of a distant federal government?
The U.S. has racked up a national debt of $17 trillion. But, cumulative federal payments to states and local government in the past 50 years accounts for about two-thirds of this debt. Of course, the federal assistance isn’t really free — it comes with controls on state and local government.
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Wohlgemuth is the executive director and director for the Center for Health Care Policy with the Texas Public Policy Foundation.email@example.com