Financing the New Federalism: Revenue Sharing, Conditional Grants, and Taxation: Papers

Financing the New Federalism: Revenue Sharing, Conditional Grants, and Taxation: Papers

Financing the New Federalism: Revenue Sharing, Conditional Grants, and Taxation: Papers

Financing the New Federalism: Revenue Sharing, Conditional Grants, and Taxation: Papers

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The publication of this fifth number in the series on The Governance of Metropolitan Regions marks RFF's continued commitment to the study of possibilities for improving the political organization of those dominant features of the American scene. The original effort was launched in the spring of 1970, while the papers in this volume were read at a meeting held in Columbus, Ohio, in the spring of 1974. Here the specific subject is federal revenue sharing, its effects and implications, while past volumes have dealt with government reform, minority perspectives, and public services. Our general aim, as it has been in the earlier numbers, is to provide breadth of view for policy makers and to stimulate other researchers to pursue specific topics in greater depth. In this case, however, the papers have a more immediate relevance because of the congressional debate on the future of revenue sharing, which is anticipated in the summer of 1975.

In all research enterprises, the final product, while it may bear the names of only one or two men, reflects contributions by many. No less so here, and I would be remiss if I did not express RFF's thanks to these valuable participants. In particular, we are grateful to the Academy for Contemporary Problems, which funded the largest share of the expenses connected with these papers and the related meeting of the Metropolitan Government Research Committee. The members of the committee itself have, of course, contributed mightily to the product we present here--especially by their critical comments, but also by their general support. Joseph L. Fisher, the committee chairman, and Lowdon Wingo, then the director of RFF's Regional and Urban Studies Program, negotiated the agreement with the academy which made this volume possible. John Jackson served ably as executive secretary for the committee, and was responsible for general arrangements. Finally, of course, we must thank Wallace Oates who was the organizer and editor of this volume.

Marion Clawson
Vice President
Resources for the Future, Inc.

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