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New Treasury Office to Coordinate State and Local Relief

POSTED | Apr 16, 2021

The U.S. Treasury Department is establishing the Office of Recovery Programs to, among other responsibilities, oversee the distribution of $350 billion in relief funds to...More

Germany to Centralize Coronavirus Response

POSTED | Apr 16, 2021

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to be given the authority by Parliament this month to centralize the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...More

Is the Bar on State Tax Cuts Constitutional?

POSTED | Apr 15, 2021

The Wall Street Journal reports that the bar on state tax cuts in the recently passed coronavirus relief package has led to a "showdown between states and the...More

Cities Make Plans to Spend Federal Aid

POSTED | Apr 15, 2021

Many cities plan to spend the historic amounts of federal aid from the coronavirus relief package toward long-term recovery efforts. Read more here.

How Does Federal Spending Affect Federalism?

POSTED | Apr 14, 2021

In an op-ed, Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb consider the effects of federal spending on federalism. Read more here.

A National Alcohol Law for Canada?

POSTED | Apr 14, 2021

Laura J. Kennedy and Noel Guscott contend that Canadians would benefit from an alcohol-consumption law enacted at the national, rather than provincial, level. Read more...More

A Local Path to Unionizing?

POSTED | Apr 13, 2021

Luke Taylor contends that independent contractors should be able to avoid federal antitrust constraints on organizing by allowing localities to intervene on the behalf of...More

Florida Sues Federal Government Over Cruise-Ship Restrictions

POSTED | Apr 13, 2021

Florida has sued the federal government over the Center for Disease Control's restrictions relating to the cruise ship industry. Florida's governor argues that the restrictions...More

Webinar on Federalism, Liberty, and Pandemics

POSTED | Apr 12, 2021

The Federal Bar Association has announced a series of webinars on constitutional topics, including "Pandemics, Federalism and the Preservation of Liberty." Read more here.

Biden Administration Budget Ups Spending for States and Localities

POSTED | Apr 12, 2021

Bill Lucia reports that the Biden administration's fiscal 2022 budget plan includes a marked increase in funding for state and local programs. Read more here.

Should States Be Able to Control Local Police Funding?

POSTED | Apr 09, 2021

Jabari Simama contends that states should refrain from interfering in local decisions about how to best fund police departments. Read more here.

States Challenge Federal Law's Tax-Cut Bar

POSTED | Apr 09, 2021

Several states have filed lawsuits challenging the tax-cut ban included in the recent federal coronavirus-relief law. Read more here.

Is a Federal or Centralized State Better in a Pandemic?

POSTED | Apr 08, 2021

Andreas Kluth considers whether a government with a federal or central structure is better equipped to deal with a pandemic. Read more here.

Login.gov to Partner with States and Localities

POSTED | Apr 08, 2021

The federal government will be partnering with more states and localities for its Login.gov service. The service is available for federally funded programs. Read more...More

Democratic Governors Push SALT Repeal

POSTED | Apr 07, 2021

A group of Democratic governors are pushing the Biden administration to prioritize repealing the federal state-and-local-tax deduction cap. Read more here.