Building back better is bad for states

In their greater effort to radically transform America and expand the size, reach and power of the federal government, the Senate Majority Leader Chuck schumerChuck SchumerHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless ‘build better’ plan (DN.Y.) a sworn pass the president Joe bidenJoe Biden: China considers military base on Africa’s Atlantic coast: Biden report orders flags to be hoisted half-length until December 9 to honor Dole Biden traveling to Kansas City to promote PLUS infrastructure package‘s Build Back Better Act (BBBA) by Christmas. The $ 1.75 trillion plan (which is more likely to Cost $ 5,000 billion), was passed by the House on November 19, 2021. This will force states to fund unsustainable programs and blur the lines between federal and state governments.

The promise of more federal money comes as many states to prepare spend the second installment of the $ 1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act funds and to receive Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds of $ 1.2 trillion. A further influx of federal liquidity would overwhelm already overwhelmed states with more money than they can spend efficiently and effectively, while fueling and maintaining high levels of inflation.

The BBBA’s cost-sharing arrangements and strict spending conditions would shift a significant portion of the cost of the bill to state governments while force to implement progressive political priorities to qualify for federal grants. These requirements are part of the Claim that the legislation is fully paid for, as it leaves states in charge of an array of unsustainable programs such as the universal expansion of pre-K, Medicare and Medicaid, and elements of the Green New Deal when the share federal government is running out.

Massive federal funding programs have historically led to unsustainable spending at the state level. For example, federal relief funds in the American Rescue and Recovery Act of 2009, or the Obama-Biden Stimulus Package, have led states to establish a variety of new education programs. Once funds are exhausted, states find expose yourself to a plethora of programs with no federal help in sight. Various provisions of the BBBA also require states to adopt, implement, and fund programs for which federal funding is limited.

The official White House Build Back Better website broad outlines the administration’s plan to subordinate state governments, including universal pre-kindergarten and the expansion of the block grant for child care and development. The BBBA not only places a significant financial burden of universal pre-K on states, but it also allows local entities direct access to federal funds, bypassing the wishes of taxpayers and their duly elected representatives who do not wish to participate. . Once federal funding expires, state and local governments are responsible for covering increase the costs generated by these unfunded mandates.

The Biden administration promises to develop Medicaid provides services to the more than 800,000 Americans currently on state waiting lists with additional federal funds allocated to states for this purpose. In an extreme alteration in intergovernmental relations that puts Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society to shame, the BBBA will force states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid to do so, which is part of what it is. you could call it a dystopian model in which the federal government manages all aspects of a person’s life from birth to death.

The coercion of states to adopt progressive policies does not stop with education and the expansion of Medicaid. The legislation also contains a plan to force states to adopt elements of the Green New Deal under the guise of “environmental justice”. The provisions include $ 250 million in grants to state and local governments to expand “equitable outdoor access” to non-federal lands “for members of underserved groups” and an additional $ 250 million to support “underserved forest owners. To help with “climate change mitigation” and “carbon sequestration and storage” efforts. These subsidies would enable national legislators to achieve their goals by requisitioning state and local government control over state and private land.

These large federal grant programs threaten to erase the constitutionally established division of powers between the states and the federal government. Through coercive federalism, the BBBA would confiscate the powers of states as independent governments and establish them as tools of submission to implement an extreme agenda. Helped by the to recover As well, federal lawmakers can use federal funding programs like those presented in the BBBA to force states to adopt their priorities.

The dangers of BBBA extend beyond concerns about wasting legislation expenses on desert fish and freshwater mussels, drug prices controls, impact on inflation, and contribution to the national debt. If passed, this legislation will allow the federal government to fundamentally overhaul the U.S. system of government and use states as pawns to implement progressive priorities. To preserve constitutional federalism, Congress must reject the Build Back Better Act.

Ryan Lanier is the State Government Affairs Associate for PMAC.

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