Devolution as Seen from the Budget

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Devolution as Seen from the Budget

Abstract

This analysis finds that welfare reform is unlikely to make much difference in total public assistance as a share of Gross Domestic Product. The financing of safety net spending could become increasingly centralized at the federal level, even while responsibility for design and implementation devolves to the states. The report concludes that federal resources could shift to states with higher percentages of elderly and near-elderly residents and away from states with younger populations.

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