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ERIC Number: ED159800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-14
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Redesigning Federal Grant Programs. Occasional Paper #24.
McLoone, Eugene P.
When taxation is based on ability to pay and programs are targeted at a minimum service level, every state with any population that requires the service must participate. States and localities receive grants only because groups and individuals are to be treated equally. The role of the recipient government is the provision of the minimum prescribed services. The reason for the program or the target population chosen is the national interest. Net gains or losses from taxes paid and grants received by a state or locality should be of little consequence in public policy. The redistribution among states is not as important as the redistribution among individuals. The important questions are the number of recipients in a government jurisdiction and the dollar amount of the service they receive contrasted with the number of taxpayers in the jurisdiction and the dollar amount of taxes paid. Classification of federal payments to states by these varied principles of taxation and the redistribution of funds by classes of persons by income or recipients and taxpayers would help to separate the issues involved in redesigning or changing grant formulas. (Author)
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Language: English
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