Fiscal Condition of Local Governments
In 1980, the federal government provided almost $16 and a half billion directly to county, municipal, and township local… read more
In 1980, the federal government provided almost $16 and a half billion directly to county, municipal, and township local governments. By the end of the 80's that figure had plunged nearly 40 percent, with the federal government requiring local authorities to spend the money to offset the losses, and find other ways to fund basic government services, such as police, and fire protection, education and health care. On October 22, Congressman John Conyers introduced the local partnership act of 1991. The bill’s purpose would be to ease the fiscal squeeze on the nation’s local government by authorizing the federal government to make “partnership payments totaling 14 billion over the next five years.” The payments would be allocated by a formula directly to the 39,000 local governments, and each entity would be able to spend the money for its own priorities. By including in the formula the per capita income of the residents of each locality and the unemployment rate for the state in which the local government is located, the bill would targets funds to the areas that are feeling the worst effects of the federal shortfall. close
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- Cardell Cooper Mayor East Orange, NJ
- Michael Dixon Manager Ash County, North Carolina
- Marlene Eide Commissioner North Dakota->Williams County
- Patrick Henry Hays Mayor North Little, Arkansas
- Jack Hebner Member Spokane, Washington->City Council
- Gerald W. McEntee President American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
- John Norquist Mayor [D] Milwaukee
- Saul Ramirez Mayor Laredo
- Jeffrey Schiff Executive Director National Association of Towns and Townships
- Jennifer Vasiloff Executive Director Coalition on Human Needs
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