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In providing assistance to the states, Washington has in the past attached "strings" that have dictated state legislation. For example, all states now require that individuals be at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol; states adopted such rules because Washington conditioned transportation aid on enacting tougher anti-drinking laws. Discuss the degree to which you agree or disagree with Washington attaching policy conditions to the fiscal assistance it provides to the states. To what degree, if any, should states refuse such assistance when national policy goals either do not coincide, or directly conflict, with state goals?

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The states should refuse assistance with string attached only when the federal conditions directly conflict with state goals. There are two situations in which the states can refuse aid. The first is when the federal terms are directly against state policy. For instance, a state has a policy of not employing disabled people but the federal government gives an aid with a condition that disabled people should not be discriminated against. ...

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