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La Plante 1 Ashley La Plante AP American Gov Altieri – Per 4 10.03.07 Federalism As it is defined in most dictionaries and history books, federalism is a form of government in which a constitution distributes power between a central government and sub-divisional governments – usually called states, provinces, or republics – giving both the national government and the regional governments substantial responsibilities and powers. In translation, a constitution, or supreme law of the land, distributes certain powers to each level of government from local and state to the national government. Such powers include the power to collect taxes (national and state governments) and the power to enforce laws regulating the conduct of individuals (national and state governments). Each branch of federalism dictates the severity of each of these, taking a certain amount of responsibility themselves. Things like categorical-formula grants and the tenth amendment increases the power of federalism. When Congress appropriates certain funds, regardless of being
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