THE CITIES: Who Needs It?

Revenue sharing, that paradigm of creative federalism, sounds big in the aggregate: $2.5 billion in the first installment of Government funds recently sent to communities round the country. But what does that mean, town by town, in terms of the bottom line? Not a whale of a lot, if you are Robert W. Harshaw, mayor of McConnells, S.C. (pop. 200). Harshaw, 69, a dairy farmer, does not remember specifically applying for a federal grant. Still, he received a check for $346. Uncertain as to what to do with such dubious largesse, Harshaw consulted Councilman Sam Crawford, who advised:...

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