Are Block Grants The Answer?

It sounds like a piece of federal budgeteering arcana. But in the Republican-controlled Congress and in statehouses around the country, the block grant has become a battle cry. Eager to cut the federal budget and please the states, members of Congress have proposed that an array of aid programs to the states be folded into larger, broad-purpose block grants. Many governors are also urging that federal monies no longer be "micromanaged" and that state administrators be given a chance to put federal dollars to work more efficiently--to "do more with less."

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