Federalism under Reagan

Archive Report

Transferring Responsibility

Repeated Effort to Cut Federal Budget

It is budget season in the nation's capital, and once again state and local government officials are anxiously waiting to see how much federal aid they will receive and how much will be cut. President Reagan and Congress seem agreed that the federal deficit, which the White House estimates will reach $222.2 billion in fiscal 1985, should be cut by $50 billion in fiscal 1986 and by half by fiscal 1988. What they are not wholly agreed on is which programs should be cut and by what amounts.

But as Congress works on its non-binding budget resolution, it seems certain that state and local governments will receive less federal aid than they have in the past. The full Senate ...

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