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Trump Administration Seeks to Shift Infrastructure Funding to States, Local Governments

The Trump administration wants to shift the burden of funding a massive infrastructure bill onto state and local governments, but Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center…

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Mayors Join the Net Neutrality Debate

Nearly sixty U.S. mayors have signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, arguing that their cities will suffer economic harm if the agency repeals net…

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Barriers to Interprovincial Trade Challenged in Canada

This month the Canadian Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case concerning the interprovincial importation of alcohol. The resulting decision could have a profound…

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Fiscal Federalism in Russia

Gabriel Di Bella, Oksana Dynnikova, and Francesco Grigoli review the characteristics of Russia's fiscal federalism. They assert that federal transfers to regions with lower…

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Challenges in European Federalism

John Erik Fossom argues that federalism offers a better understanding of what the European Union is, the challenges it faces, and the kinds of…

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U.S. Mayors Endorse Paris Climate Accord

More than 45 mayors of U.S. cities met to commit their cities to support the Paris climate accord by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions…

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Inter-Provincial Business Regulation in China

Guang Shen writes that China and the EU's multilevel governance structures have led to challenges in preventing lower-level political entities from impeding capital mobility.…

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Holding Safety Hostage

The chief of police of Tucson, Arizona, argues that current U.S. Department of Justice policies on illegal immigrants endanger public safety in cities by…

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Let States Decide Fate of Sports Betting

George Will argues that in the U.S. Supreme Court’s current case, Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, the court should uphold federalism and rule…

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How Americans Think About Federalism

In this article, Nicholas Jacobs asserts that the dominant perspective on federalism and American public opinion suggests that Americans do not consider federalism when…

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States Seek Taxes from Amazon Marketplace Sellers

States want to collect sales taxes on purchases their residents make from independent merchants on Amazon. Amazon ordinarily pays sales taxes on sales from…

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White House Backs Medicaid Work Requirements

The Trump administration has told state health officials that the federal government will become receptive to work requirements as part of a conservative effort…

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New Edition of Book on Federalism in the United States

In a recently released second edition of Federalism and the Making of America (Routledge 2018), David Brian Robertson explores the role that federalism continues…

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