The reading and resources for this module discuss how intergovernmental relationships that are based on program funds affect functions, services, and citizens at all levels of government. For assignment, write a response to the following:
As the city manager of Anytown, Michigan, you are assigned the responsibility of developing and submitting a community-development block grant for a neighborhood revitalization project. This project has been a high priority for the city council, the county board of commissioners, the local nonprofit housing agency, and the governor’s office. A critical part of the grant is obtaining letters of support and nonfederal funds to meet the block grant’s match requirement. Discuss who you would contact about generating the local match and letters of support. Explain your rationale.
Video: Federalism: A Crash Course Government and Politics opens in new window (cc) (9:14)
This video discusses the concept of federalism and its evolution in the United States, focusing on the transfer of power from states to the federal government and the recent trend of returning authority to the states.