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Grants-in-aid: Liberal and Conservative perspectives

First a quick definition. Grants-in-aid are financial grants from the federal government to a lower governing body in order to fund a program that is required or encouraged by the federal government. There are typically strict guidelines governing the way the grant may be spent.

Under the general category of grants in aid are two different subcategories. These are block grants and categorical grants. Block grants are more general in nature. The federal government gives state or local government money with few, if any, strings attached detailing how the money can be spent. Categorical grants have very specific restrictions on how the money can be spent.

(a comparison of the liberal and conservative perspectives follows)

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First a quick definition. Grants-in-aid are financial grants from the federal government to a lower governing body in order to fund a program that is required or encouraged by the federal government. There are typically strict guidelines governing the way the grant may be spent.

Under the general category of grants in aid are two different subcategories. These are block grants and categorical grants. Block grants are more general in nature. The federal government gives state or local government money with few, if any, strings attached detailing how the money can be spent. Categorical grants have very specific restrictions on how the money can be spent.

Some examples of grants in aid include the following. When the interstate highways were built the federal government offered grants in aid to states. Individual states could then build the interstates in their own location based on their perspective of what would be best for their individual state. Education is another good example of a grant in aid. The federal government provides significant resources to states but stipulates that it must be spent on education. Sometimes the ...

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This solution examines grants-in-aid. A basic definition of grants-in-aid is provided followed by an analysis of the topic from both the liberal and conservative perspectives. Over 700 words of original text along with links to sources used.

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