States' Reply

Governors debate federalism

When the nation's Governors arrived in Washington last week for their annual winter meeting, they were far more concerned about the immediate implications of Ronald Reagan's red-ink budget and its drastic cuts in domestic spending than his heralded long-term plans for a New Federalism. But since the Governors had long complained about Washington's heavy hand on a multitude of federal aid programs for the states, they could scarcely ignore Reagan's potentially historic proposals. In something of an Administration victory, the Governors wound up spending most of their three days debating federalism rather than berating the budget.

The result, however, was...

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