Tag Archive: federalism

  • Devolution: A Canadian Solution to Excessive Federal Ownership of Public Lands

    | April 17, 2015 | Add a comment

    On April 1, Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) celebrated an important milestone – the first anniversary of devolution. Devolution is the transfer of jurisdiction over territorial lands from the Canadian federal government to the territorial governments. However, before devolution, the situation in the Canadian territories was strikingly similar to the one … »

  • The Washington Post Picks Up the Flag from the Convention Alarmists

    | October 30, 2014 | Add a comment

    This appeared on i2i.org October 27, 2014. By: Rob Natelson The past week saw yet another assault on those reformers who seek to cure federal dysfunction by promoting a “Convention for proposing Amendments.” The latest attack took the form of an opinion column that in content offered nothing new. It … »

  • State Sovereignty at Its Most Basic: Control of Land

    | October 28, 2014 | Add a comment

    State sovereignty at its most basic is the ability of a state to control its own land. Earlier this month, 95 state and locally elected officials joined a variety of experts from 14 states in Salt Lake City to draft and ratify a statement calling for land currently held by … »

  • ALEC Urges FCC to Respect Federalism, Reject Preemption on Muni Broadband

    | September 4, 2014 | Add a comment

    On August 29, ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson and twenty state legislators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They called on the FCC to respect principles of constitutional federalism regarding states’ authority over their local governments. State constitutions or state legislatures create and define the powers of county, … »

  • Financial Ready Idaho

    States are increasing their dependence on federal funds at a time when the federal government is facing difficult fiscal challenges. According to the nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group, State Budget Solutions, state governments (combined) received 31.6 percent of their revenue from the federal government in 2012. Additionally, Census Bureau data shows … »

  • New Report Reveals Level of Federal Aid to the States and Importance of Fiscal Federalism

    and | February 28, 2014 | Add a comment

    By: William Freeland, Kati Siconolfi, and Steven Johnson In the face of a stagnating economy and national debt topping $17 trillion, many policymakers in Washington, D.C. are seeking ways to reduce spending. Given that many states increasingly rely on federal spending to craft their state budgets, the necessary federal spending … »

  • Federalism Prohibits Preemption of States on Broadband Safeguards

    | February 20, 2014 | Add a comment

    By: Seth L. Cooper Federal regulation of the Internet is a bad idea. So is federal regulation of states that would rather keep their local governments out of the Internet business. Following a recent federal court ruling about the power of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet, … »

  • President Obama Can Find Change In The States

    | February 14, 2014 | Add a comment

    This article appeared on AmericasFuture.org February 5, 2014. President Obama’s State of the Union address has produced a polarizing effect on the nation; some fully support him while others express serious concerns about his growing propensity to ignore federal law and act “unilaterally.” President Obama recognized many of the nation’s problems, from high corporate … »

  • Political gridlock shouldn’t be solved with monarchy

    | January 14, 2014 | Add a comment

    This article original appeared on The Daily Caller on December 23, 2013. Read the original here. With the endless gridlock of modern Washington, it’s tempting to want to ditch the whole American constitutional system and install a king, who could at least get things done. This is essentially what David … »

  • EPA’s Assault on State Sovereignty Part II

    and | June 27, 2013 | Add a comment

    Obama’s recently released climate change initiative calls for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to unleash yet another energy regulation aimed at reducing greenhouse gases from existing power plants, severely threatening the generation of affordable and reliable energy. This is only one piece of an unprecedented EPA regulatory assault unleashed … »