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Given the experience in California I also would be wary of limiting the tax authority of local governments. That is a major component of the insolvency problem in California. Any limits have to be commensurate with the service obligations which local governments are supposed to provide.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 11th, 2011 at 10:48:19 AM EST
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Most European countries the size of Ireland have extensive and (semi-)automatic transfers from the central to the local level. D.C.-California relations isn't the appropriate analogy. In terms of scale, Los Angeles-Hollywood relations would be more accurate.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Feb 16th, 2011 at 11:44:35 AM EST
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