The States Are Toast

+ David Schleicher

In Slate, Visiting Scholar David Schleicher argues that, contrary to some commentators' opinions, the COVID-19 crisis has not revived state and local politics, rather, it has made state and local governments evermore dependent on the federal government. Schleicher writes:

Over the next year, states will be dealing with a continuing public health emergency, huge new demands on public services, radically reduced revenues, insufficient federal aid, increasing debt loads, and potentially new conditions imposed by the federal government, if they even get lifesaving infusions of cash to begin with....Federalism is changing, but not in the direction of more state power.

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