Publications & Studies

Local Tax Reform

The Levers of Power in Local Government

Though different in each state, municipal government in the United States is extremely important to the understanding of federalism. The genius of the Founders’ federalism was in diffusing power between different layers of government. Understanding the fact that local government is closest to self-governance is necessary to a more complete understanding of distribution of power in American government.

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    The Levers of Power in Local Government

    Though different in each state, municipal government in the United States is extremely important to the understanding of federalism. The genius of the Founders’ federalism was in diffusing power between different layers of government. Understanding the fact that local government is closest to self-governance is necessary to a more complete understanding of distribution of power in American government.

  • Saving Tax Money Underground: The Open and Fair Competitive Bidding Model image

    Saving Tax Money Underground: The Open and Fair Competitive Bidding Model

    When city councils look for ways to save money, they often don’t think to look underground.

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    Federalism, Dillon Rule and Home Rule

    Every local government is governed by their respective states by two legal definitions, The Dillon Rule or Home Rule. Regardless of which legal definition a local government falls under, both …