As you have read, federal officials can try to get their way by using a variety of strategies, including “encouraging” states to follow Congress’ will by tying highway funding to other policies like the drinking age or highway speed limits, supplying categorical grants that force states to spend money in particular ways, and forcing states to deal with unfunded mandates. Based on that discussion, please answer the following:
- 1- Which of these strategies do you think is most effective?
- 2- Do you think any or all of these strategies are very fair to the states? Should they be? Why or why not?
- 3- If you were a member of Congress, what would you do to convince states to do your bidding?