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in local and state politics, and more dictatorial
than Federal program officials.
The present state government is in disarray
on many levels affecting New Jersey
The biggest problem with the state system
is the lack of available information. It
is much easier to get useful information
on Federal programs.
(5) Local officials object to state mandating of
local expenditures without providing revenue
sources; they see such mandating as inherent in
the state grant system.
State regulations reduce municipal revenue
sources and increase municipal
expenditures for programs without funding,
such as police standards board
City manager, Florida.
It seems that some of these grants are
used to start new programs, many times of
a social nature, that then must be paid for
by the locality.
City manager, Kansas.
The state grant system is insufficient.
The grants are not as great as the fiscal
obligations which the state legislature
imposes on the county, e.g., setting minimum
wages for various county employees
requiring certain jobs, etc. -County
A major problem with state grants is
that they are not sufficient to cover the
full costs of state-mandated services.
Moreover, fund levels can fluctuate from
year to year depending on availability of
state funds which affects local
(6) There is dissatisfaction among both smaller
and larger jurisdictions over the equitability of
state aid distributions.
I feel that state grants should be more
equal to towns as well as large cities.Town
Inadequate for aid to large cities.Mayor,
... assistance formulas usually reflect
geographic preference rather than actual
need and so, again, prohibit adequate
local budget planning. -City manager,
Small municipalities get hurt because
the big cities get a disproportionate
amount of grant money relative to both
population and need, in my opinion.
They also have the advantage of more staff
to secure them and yet small cities have to
provide the same range of public services.
LOCAL OFFICIALS' VIEWS ON
THE COMPARATIVE IMPACTS OF
FEDERAL AND STATE AIDS ON LOCAL
The foregoing analysis usually included coi'
parisons of the responses of city and county offi'
cials with respect to each question asked on either
the Federal aid or state aid questionnaire. Co0'
parisons were occasionally, but not systematically'
made between local officials' responses to a quest'
tion on Federal aid and their responses to the same
or similar questions on state aid. This concluding
section provides a systematic summary compari'
son of all the answers to parallel questions appear'
ing on both the Federal and state aid question'
naires, as a possible help in pointing up some of the
significant aspects of the differential impacts of the
two grant systems. In making this comparison, the
responses of the "larger" cities and counties as
defined at the outset
cities over 50,000 popula'
tion and counties over 500,000 population
again are singled out because of the greater cer
tainty of the representativeness of the responses Wi
those groups. (See Item 1.)
The Federal-state comparison is not exact inaS'
much as general support grants at the state level are
probably closer to general revenue sharing than
to block grants at the Federal level. Yet, the
are fairly similar'
Cities reported receiving a somewhat smaller
proportion of these in their state aid than in their
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