ALLOCATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESOURCES AMONG THE THREE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT

THE QUESTION OF HOW BEST TO ALLOCATE SERVICES CANNOT BE SEPARATED FROM THE AVAILABILITY OF TAX RESOURCES. BUT THE INCIDENCE OF THE PRINCIPAL TAXES IN AMERICA HAS SHIFTED RADICALLY THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY. SERVICES SHOULD BE ALLOCATED ON THE BASIS OF OPTIMUM ADMINISTRATIVE AND POLICY- MAKING CONSIDERATIONS, AND ARCHITECTS OF THESE OPTIMUM ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD DEMAND THAT THE APPROPRIATE ADJUSTMENTS BE MADE IN THE TAX STRUCTURE. A DETAILED EXAMINATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE AND POLICY-MAKING REALITIES INDICATES THAT A NUMBER OF CHANGES ARE IN ORDER' /1/ THE STATES SHOULD EXTEND THEIR CONTROL OVER BANKING, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING, ROADS, NARCOTICS, CIVIL RIGHTS, NATURAL PARKS, LABOR RELATIONS, PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATION, FACTORY INSPECTION, AGRICULTURE, USES OF LEISURE, AND INTRASTATE UTILITIES. /2/ FRAGMENTIZED SERVICES LIKE PUBLIC HEALTH AND EDUCATION SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF SMALL DISTRICTS AND ADMINISTERED BY UNITS LARGE ENOUGH TO PERMIT PROFESSIONALIZATION AND SPECIALIZATION. /3/ SERVICES WHICH ARE ESSENTIALLY NATIONAL IN SCOPE, LIKE MILITARY TRAINING AND THE REGULATION OF INSURANCE, SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE STATES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FINALLY, WE SHOULD PROMOTE AN EXTENSION PROGRAM OF FUNCTIONAL CONSOLIDATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.

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    • Vol. 359, pP 71-80, 6 TAB
  • Authors:
    • Charlesworth, J C
  • Publication Date: 1965-5

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  • Created Date: Jul 12 1994 12:00AM