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After the Civil War, nobody in power dared to raise the idea that states could nullify Federal Laws or secede from the federal union. Various supreme court decisions and rulings by federal judges have pretty well brought state constitutions and state laws into to line with federal law.

Furthermore, Amendments to the US Constitution such as the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 24th, and 26th Amendents increased the scope of the US government, while the 17th Amendment drastically diminished the powers of the State governments and increased the freedom of action of the US government.

And further yet again, the large Federal revenues resulting from the 16th Amendment and Revenue Act of 1913 have enabled the US government to control the state government using tied and conditional grants, for example in withholding federal road funds from States that did not enact the federal speed limit in 1973 (abolished in 1995), or withholding federal education grants from states that did not adopt the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.

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A mandate is a way for the government to force state or local governments to comply with federal demands or risk losing federal funding.

This allows the federal government to create laws under its broad spending power that would not otherwise be allowed because the topics do not fall under one of Congress's enumerated powers.

For instance, the drinking age nationwide used to vary from state to state. However, the federal government threatened to take away highway funds from any state with a drinking age below 21. Although each state could have chosen to forgo those federal funds, no state has chosen to do so -- letting the federal government effectively legislate a national drinking age of 21.

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Some of the powers that extend to the federal government are these: collect taxes, build roads, establish courts, make and enforce laws, and take private property for public purposes.

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How many forms of federal mandates currently exist?

Each department of the federal government currently has their own mandates in place. There is no way of knowing the exact number of federal mandates that currently exist. Each federal mandate is followed with state laws


Do federal mandates run counter to the idea that states are important incubators of public policy?

I definitely do not think federal mandates mean to run counter to the public policies that the states incubate, but they must at times. The federal government must deliver mandates in order to meet the minimum standards of our goal. If the federal government were not to enforce these mandates the states would have a chance to do whatever they wanted and there would be some pretty severe downfalls from this. The government only wants to ensure our safety, education, sound government. I used an example about education in one of my writings. The federal government must ensure that our children in every state is equally educated by equally educated instructors and/or teachers. This is so important to the future of our nation. There will always be some states that will complain or try to buck the system but that is why there is a minimum standard.


The concept of federal mandates refers to?

A requiremnt in federal legislation that forces states and municipalities to comply with certain rules


How has categorical grants increase the power of the federal government?

Another example of federal government taking states power would be the new ways of controlling the states spending, the government now gave out categorical grants from which it could control how the states spent this money. For some states the government was giving out over $200 billion dollars from which 90% of this would be categorical grants and the federal government would regulate how it was spent. The states therefore were restricted on what they could spend the money on and this further showed an increase in federal government's power.


What word means having to do with central government of the US?

The central government of the US is the Federal government.

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Can congress impose federal mandates which require the state government to comply with its orders?

Congress can impose federal mandates, which require the state government to comply with its orders


How many forms of federal mandates currently exist?

Each department of the federal government currently has their own mandates in place. There is no way of knowing the exact number of federal mandates that currently exist. Each federal mandate is followed with state laws


How did the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 increase the power of the states relative to the federal government?

I dont know i was hoping the website would help


Federal Mandates?

are requirements imposed by the federal government as a condition of receiving grant money


Remove catalytic converter increase gas mileage?

This question can not be answered in this forum as it is an illegal act. The Federal Government mandates that the emission system on an automobile is Not to be altered or removed from a vehicle and is punishable with a fine or imprisonment.


Is it true that the poverty threshold is a relative figure determined by the federal government?

Yes, it's true that the poverty threshold is a relative figure determined by the federal government.


What is the difference between mandates and conditions of aid?

with a mandate the federal government tells a state government what it must do if it wants grant money.


Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the?

Federal Government to block execution of unfunded mandates.


Who does CDC report to?

No-one. It is autonomous.Check out their mandates at cdc dot com


What is the Impact of federal mandates on states?

Federal mandates exceed the limits of federal power described in the Tenth Amendment, this undermines federalism.


unfunded mandates?

Programs that the Federal government requires States to implement without Federal funding.


Do federal mandates run counter to the idea that states are important incubators of public policy?

I definitely do not think federal mandates mean to run counter to the public policies that the states incubate, but they must at times. The federal government must deliver mandates in order to meet the minimum standards of our goal. If the federal government were not to enforce these mandates the states would have a chance to do whatever they wanted and there would be some pretty severe downfalls from this. The government only wants to ensure our safety, education, sound government. I used an example about education in one of my writings. The federal government must ensure that our children in every state is equally educated by equally educated instructors and/or teachers. This is so important to the future of our nation. There will always be some states that will complain or try to buck the system but that is why there is a minimum standard.