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Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: An Overview

Dean Misczynski | April 2011


Governor Jerry Brown’s January 2011 budget proposal sparked renewed interest in “realignment”—that is, in changing how the state and localities divide responsibility for programs and services. This report identifies basic principles for realignment, outlines legal and other constraints, and examines critical funding issues.

This report is part of a PPIC series on rethinking the state-local relationship. The series includes:

This work is supported by funding from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and by contributions of unrestricted support to PPIC’s Donor Circle.

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