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Robert M. Stein

In: Cities, Politics, and Policy: A Comparative Analysis

Chapter 9: The Politics of Revenue and Spending Policies

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The Politics of Revenue and Spending Policies
The politics of revenue and spending policies

The governance of cities was an afterthought in the writing of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution makes no mention of cities, towns, villages, or any other type of local government. The federal and state governments were preeminently on the minds of those who wrote, debated, and ratified the document that governs our nation. Local government was left to the states to create, regulate, and, when necessary, eliminate.1 Consequently, it should come as no surprise that those who study the politics of local taxing and spending focus on the subsidiary role of cities in the American federal system. Students of urban governance have long debated whether the taxing and spending decisions of cities ...

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