It's Time to Take a Close Look at How Federal Policies Affect States
On May 18, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the creation of the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs, “a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on balancing the interests of federal, state, tribal, and local governments."
The announcement didn’t get much attention amid the steady stream of news coming out of Washington, but it could have implications for the effectiveness of government in the United States.
The federal and state governments play key roles in shaping nearly every area of domestic policy, from healthcare to education to transportation. But despite the intertwined nature of federal and state policymaking, few institutions facilitate interaction and consultation among decision-makers across the two levels of government. The creation of this task force is a step in the right direction toward expanding intergovernmental dialogue.