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Unformatted text preview: cits. More importantly, much of the infrastructure spending carried out by Washington w ould be more efficiently handled by devolving it to state and local governments and the private sector. 3|Page States CP BDL States Net-Benefit – Federalism [____] [____] Strengthening state involvement in economic growth boosts federalism Bruce Katz, Vice President Metropolitan Program, Brookings, 2012 (February 16, “Remaking Federalism to Remake the American Economy,” This is the tallest of economic orders and it is well beyond the scope of exclusive federal solutions, the traditional focus of presidential candidates in both political parties. Rather, the next President must look beyond Washington and enlist states and metropolitan areas as active co-partners in the restructuring of the national economy. Remaking the economy, in essence, requires a remaking of federalism so that governments at all levels “collaborate to compete” and work closely with each other and the private and civic sectors to burnish American competitiveness in the new global economic order. The time for remaking federalism could not be more propitious. With Washington mired in partisan gridlock, the states and metropolitan areas are once again playing their traditional roles as “laboratories of democracy” and centers of economic and policy innovation. An enormous opportunity exists for the next president to mobilize these federalist partners in a focused campaign for national economic renewal. [____] Exclusivity of state power is critical to federalism Stephen Gardbaum, Associate Prof – Northwestern U., 1997 (Texas Law Review, March, p. 796) Despite their diametrically opposed conclusions, however, a fundamental premise is shared by both sides in this long-standing debate -- a premise that characterizes almost all analyses of American federalism. This shared premise is that the existence of areas of exclusive state power is a necessary condition of constitutional federalism: in order for federalism to operate as a principle of constitutional law, there must in practice (and not merely in rhetoric or national myth) be areas of regulatory authority reserved exclusively to the states -- areas in which Congress cannot regulate. Given this shared premise, the debate has focused on whether or not such areas currently exist constitutionally speaking, and its content consists largely of arguments for and against various proposed textual bases for them. Leading candidates over the years have included the Commerce Clause, 6 the Tenth Amendment, 7 and the Guarantee Clause. 4|Page States CP BDL Answers to: Perm – Do Both [____] [____] Federal investment incentivizes states to opt for projects that make no economic sense, increasing operating costs and decreasing efficiency. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, 2011 (“Federal Infrastructure Investment,” Perhaps the biggest problem with federal involvement...
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