Trends in State-Local Relations

State-local relations remain complex in 2007: Constitutional and statutory distribution of powers between states and general-purpose local governments differ in the various states. Trends include the creation of state control boards for local governments suffering fiscal distress, continued imposition of mandates and restraints, and increased use of joint powers authority.

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Joseph F. Zimmerman is a professor of political science at Rockefeller College of the State University of NewYork at Albany. He is the author of more than 30 books and numerous articles.