Today, this imbalance has reached a crisis point, and the states are fighting back.
At one time states and localities saw compliance with Washington's conditions as a small price to pay for federal funding of popular state-implemented programs.
I suppose we could pave the desert, but I don't think that would be realistic." Federal courts also micromanage the states by mandating state policies ranging from prison library collections to local tax rates to the education of illegal immigrants.
Time and again, Supreme Court decisions have allowed relentless expansion of Congress's enumerated powers.
Controlling their state legislatures and town councils is far easier than controlling the immense federal bureaucracy.
COUNTING THE COST One of the most difficult challenges for states in fighting unfunded federal mandates has been the complexity involved in calculating the costs.