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May 02, 2012

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Megan Liddle Gude

Kate, what an excellent article! I agree that the lack of mandated local funding in the new Transportation Bill is concerning. You make a strong case when you point out that cities are the engine of economic growth (and tax dollars) in our economy. Shouldn’t we be investing in ways to help them succeed?

The piece that is missing here is that cities are not economic islands. Part of the reason that cities succeed is because they are part of thriving regions and are connected to other cities with businesses, talent, and resources. The regional and economic infrastructure that connects cities is just as much a part of local success. So while investment in transportation within cities is important, investment in the transportation between them matters too.

I agree wholeheartedly that we need to support thriving cities with adequate transportation infrastructure, and infrastructure that goes way beyond more roads for more cars. The transportation needs of a city are just not the same as the transportation needs of last generation’s suburbs. And we need to recognize that!

Since our country collects tax revenues at the federal level, the federal government does has a role to play in making sure there are funds for city transportation.

Does this have to happen by mandate?

I think that one of the strengths of our system of government is that states can innovate different programs that are appropriate to their situation. When things work exceptionally well, other states cam emulate those policies or the federal government can craft national policy to replicate the successes. But local determinism is part of making this system work. More federal mandates may hinder more than they help, and in the current political climate they might not pass muster.

States also need to be able to balance allocation of resources according to the needs and demands of their own constituencies.

Maybe one answer to this would be setting federal guidelines for the percentages of state transportation money that are spent on urban and regional infrastructure, or on the kind of infrastructure. Give states the freedom to make the infrastructure investments they know that they need, but encourage forward-thinking investment in city infrastructure by granting bonus funds or other incentives to states that invest, say, at least 20% of state transportation funds in urban areas and regional mass transportation systems.

What do you think? Could this work?

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I agree with Kate's argument that the role of mayors as the first-line service providers and their proximity to the people they serve make them more accountable and therefore better able to address the concerns of their constituents. Her assertion that some mayors are meeting with better success around the contentious issue of raising taxes to support important development projects is very interesting given the current political climate. Whether it be indirectly through agreements forged between local government and community spokespeople to convince city residents one way or the other, or by offering them alternative benefits, further examination of how these mayors have been able to achieve this would be very interesting to read.

The discussion of the pragmatic (as opposed to political) approach that mayors tend to take raises important questions for the increasingly factionalized nature of national politics. Thomas Friedman's article "Down With Everything" that describes the "vetocracy" that has emerged from the American government structure of check and balances is very relevant in this case. If the decision makers at the national level are unable to take decisive action, then perhaps the solution is, as Kate suggests, to focus that decision-making power in the hands of local governments whose primary agenda is solving current problems, and not with setting political agendas.

However, a reorganization of the decision-making structure that gives mayors more power could potentially result in the same bureaucratic indecisiveness that characterizes the national playing field. Perhaps another reason why local government is more effective is because it is free of some of the national-level responsibilities and politicking. As Megan has pointed out, local government can implement projects on their relevant scale, and when they work they can be adopted in other cities and even transformed into national programs. The federal government still plays an important role here and local governments also benefit from the vertical accountability. The challenge lies in modifying the relationship between the national and local government such that it is less confrontational as Kate describes, and the financing terms are better defined as Megan suggests to give local government more control over their budgets while still maintaining cooperative approaches to solving development problems.

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