Federal-State Tax Relations

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Federal-State Functions and Tax Questions

Plan for Broad Survey of Federal-State Relations

Prospects for carrying out a comprehensive survey and reappraisal of the functional and fiscal relationships of the federal and state governments, as repeatedly advocated in recent years, received a strong boost Feb. 26 when President Eisenhower moved into active support of the proposal. Following a conference of the President with several state governors, a group of Senate and House members, and various federal officials, the White House announced that legislation would be sought promptly to authorize appointment of a bipartisan commission to study and recommend measures “to eliminate hodge-podge duplication and waste in existing federal-state relations affecting governmental functions and taxation.”

The President observed, in a separate statement, that “The existing systems of taxation, both ...

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