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An image of six handwritten signs. The signs read “Don’t bother funding my education… I want to grow up to be a burden on the state”, “Every child has a right to an education! Our responsibility is to fund it!”, “Education costs $! Ignorance costs more”, “Race to the bottom??”, “I am a… proud mom, proud teacher, proud wife of a teacher. No more cuts!”, and “Invest in my future”.
In February 2015, parents, students, and teachers rallied against proposed cuts in education funding in the state budget put forth by Arizona governor Doug Ducey. Education policy and administration is primarily a state and local matter. (credit: modification of work by Andy Blackledge)

Controversial national policy decisions by lawmakers and justices tend to grab headlines and dominate social media, while state and local government matters often evoke less enthusiasm. Yet, if we think about which level of government most directly affects us on a daily basis, it is undoubtedly the level closest to us, including our city, county, school districts, and state government. Whether it is by maintaining roads we drive on each day, supplying clean water with which we brush our teeth, or allocating financial support to higher education, state and local government provides resources that shape our everyday lives, including your final tuition bill ( [link] ).

How do state and local governments gain the authority to make these decisions, and how are their actions guided by cultural and other differences between the states? What tensions exist between national and state governments on policy matters, and what unique powers do mayors and governors enjoy? By answering these and other questions, this chapter explores the role of state and local governments in our lives.

Questions & Answers

the political philosophy that ordinary people can govern themselves
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explain 5 reasons for the adoption of unitary system of government in some countries
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explain 5 reasons for the adoption of unitary system of government in some government
Joel
is that not a contradiction of itself? Of course that is just my unitary thought and opinion.
Jesse
what is a goverment compose of
Claudia Reply
Judicial, Executive, Legislative branches
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The Constitution: Name Specific Constitutional procedure for confirming presidential appointees?
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Executive, Legislative and Judicial are the three arms of government
Rashid
an authoritative party given authority by a people in an area presumably controlled by the people, to foster law and elected administration for progressively conservative ideas that encompass social ethics, and inspire peaceful congregations.
Jesse
The US has a Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of federal government. Also we adopt state, and local principalities that sometimes defer the federal, yet is usually respected in the locality.
Jesse
What is pressure group
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what is election
Faith Reply
A election is a formal and organized choice by voters of a person or people for a political office or other position.
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Ok. Thanks not sure why you sent that to me. But ok?
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What if the people of country did not want
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Can you explain the Stockdale Paradox
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How the capital market can create a better future for all import and benefit
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in the dred scott case what did the supreme court decide the Congress had no power to do
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who was james madison
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Founding Father who fought to add the Bill of Rights to the Constitution he helped write (called the "Father of the Constitution"). He and Jefferson didn't want the federal govt to overpower the states (Democratic-Republican party). Cowrote The Federalist Papers. 4th President of the US (1809-1817).
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who has the power to declare war
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president who is commander in chief
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Adam the president
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Congress
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are spelled out in Constitution
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who was the first president of America
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George Washington, who didn't like party politics.
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What is constituencies
Patrick Reply
is the body of voters who elect their representatives for their area
Ernest
Can you say is the process by which voters who elect their representatives for their area
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people respresenting Congress
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but are you sure?
Anna
so does anyone UNDERSTAND the laws of the CITY and the City Council...
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the first Republic political parties
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