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Policy Conditions

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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Policy conditions:

The federal government has in the past used federal assistance as a means of regulating and dictating state legislation by attaching strings to the assistance offered to the state governments. Though such strings attached regarding policy conditions are at time not favorable to various states legislation, they are important to the federal government as they the means through the federal government can play a role in the policy direction of the nation. I do therefore agree with Washington attaching policy conditions to the fiscal assistance it provides to the states. Both the federal government and the state government rely on each other in various aspects. The federal governments' power comes in the ability to influence state governments while all state in the country relies on the federal government for financial aid. Though some policy restrictions required by the government are often seen as stringent, most of them are often aimed at ensuring the benefits of the nation as a whole. Even though many states point out that strict federal rules attached to the federal assistance make it had for the states to balance the budget, budget gimmicks are often widespread making the states even more reliable on Federal funds (Swenson & Deller, 2001).

It would be more desirable that states have be able to be self sufficient and break the cycle of federal dependency ...

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This solution looks into state legislation. In doing so, it delves into the conditions that Washington has attached to the states such as the fact that all states now require that individuals be at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol. The posting therefore discusses the various degrees to which one either agrees or disagrees with Washington attaching policy conditions to the fiscal assistance it provides to the states and the degree to which states ought refuse such assistance when national policy goals either do not coincide, or directly conflict, with state goals.

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