Stimulus: Cities vs. States
An article in today's Wall Street Journal highlights some of the headbutting going on between mayors and governors over stimulus funds. The article states:
Across the country, fights between local and state authorities have erupted as federal stimulus money is doled out. About $280 billion of the $787 billion federal stimulus package passed in February is set to flow through state and local governments.
Many mayors are grateful for getting some money they wouldn't have had otherwise. Still, mayors of several cities have blasted their governors for denying them money for big projects, for favoring suburban requests over urban needs, and for taking back state aid after doling out federal dollars.
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The city vs. state funding struggle, illustrated in this article by Charlotte, New York City, and Providence, underscores how challenging it is to organize and cooperate regionally when money is allocated by political jurisdictions.