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By Glenn Douglas Beamer

ISBN-10: 0472110209

ISBN-13: 9780472110209

Kingdom legislators are regularly making tradeoffs among altering taxes and delivering public companies. not just needs to they reconcile their very own coverage personal tastes with the personal tastes in their components, yet they need to reflect on the effect of activities taken via either the government and competing states. Glenn Beamer makes use of a chain of in-depth case stories in 11 states to teach how legislators made judgements facing taxation, fiscal improvement, schooling financing, and Medicaid.Beamer identifies six components that impression legislators' judgements: responsibility, dependability, fairness, obscurability, and horizontal and vertical transferability. in the context created through citizen calls for, intergovernmental politics, coverage histories, court docket interventions, and country constitutions, this examine analyzes how legislators hire those rules to enhance and enact policies.In addition to modeling kingdom politics in the context of federalism, artistic Politics, reflecting the author's huge interviews with legislators, is novel in its specialize in politicians' perspectives approximately public companies, the recommendations to finance them, and efforts to boost and preserve political aid for them.This booklet should be of curiosity to scholars and students of political technology, economics, and public management, and, extra particularly, of federalism, kingdom politics and coverage, and legislative decision-making.Glenn Beamer is Robert wooden Johnson pupil in wellbeing and fitness coverage study, collage of California, Berkeley, and Assistant Professor of presidency, collage of Virginia.

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Fiscal illusion in›uences which taxes representatives cut. Cutting unnoticed or obscure taxes pays few, if any, political dividends, whereas cutting more noticeable income and property taxes creates an opportunity for larger political bene‹ts and an appreciative constituency. qxd 6/17/99 12:07 PM Page 37 Representatives’ Positions and Collective Decisions 37 and utility taxes even when these taxes are more onerous to businesses and individuals. Taxes with low visibility are simply less politically advantageous to decrease.

Conversely, in Colorado, legislators backed away from a gubernatorial health-reform proposal after the estimated costs of the Medicaid program dropped by an unexpected $200 million in 1994. Beyond issues of ‹scal condition and the budgetary impact of any one program, a state’s overall economic pro‹le may in›uence the undertaking of major policy initiatives and their content (Dye 1990). Even in a state where resources are scarce, such as Mississippi, in 1992 the state legislature enacted a sales tax increase over the objections of the governor as a means of offering more educational services.

Employer tax abatements). In the case of the latter, legislators connected the “deserves to pay” concept with government accountability and suggested that user fees not only implemented the deserves-topay principle but also enhanced government accountability. qxd 6/17/99 12:07 PM Page 39 Representatives’ Positions and Collective Decisions 39 representatives interviewed, 88 percent discussed equity, with approximately two-thirds emphasizing the ability-to-pay concept vis-à-vis tax policy and one-third emphasizing the deserves-to-pay principle.

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