ERIC Number: ED114393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-22
Revenue Sharing - Up to Minute Information.
Sager, William H.
Title I of Public Law 92-512, the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972, is popularly known as the Revenue Sharing Act. It provides for payments of approximately $30.2 billion to over 38,000 general units of governments, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and approximately 350 Indian tribes and Alaskan native villages. Revenue sharing funds may be spent with a minimum of Federal regulation and restriction--states may spend their entitlements in any expenditure category they wish. A number of recreational and cultural activities are eligible for support. States and local governments spent approximately 4 percent of their budget on recreation programs from 1972 through 1974. There are many advantages to revenue sharing, such as (1) it is predictable, since funds are authorized for 5 years; (2) there are few bureaucratic problems; (3) it is simple to apply for funds; (4) no arbitarary decisions are made on merits of programs; (5) it disperses aid universally; and (6) it is administratively inexpensive. Categorical grants by the federal government, on the other hand, force local funds to match categories of the grants even when local priorities are different, operate against small communities which don't have or can't afford "grantsmanship", and make reporting difficult. Revenue sharing has been studied and positively reviewed by everyone from Congress to individual scholars and consumer groups. The President recommended that the program be extended until 1982, with minor modifications, and it is hoped that Congress will concur. (CD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Remarks delivered to the National Recreation and Part Association (Dallas, Texas, October 22, 1975)