Time Essay: THE MARBLE-CAKE GOVERNMENT Washington's New Partnership with the States

TIME ESSAY

NOT long ago, Washington used to offer simple, straightforward directions to any state or city that received federal aid. The directions went something like this: "Take as directed. Do not shake. Do not stir. Swallow hard." The states were not very fond of the directions, but they wanted the funds that came with them—and they swallowed their objections. Now something new and interesting is happening to the often strained relations between the Federal Government and the nation's states and cities. To a degree that few people could have anticipated only a...

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