why is local government so important?
what are the most important functions that the local government performs?
- Doctor XLv 610 years agoFavorite Answer
Anytime you are ever fined or harassed by the government, 99 times out of 100 it will be a local government and not the federal government.
The more local the government, the more they harass you. Homeowners Association more than local village or city, and local village or city more than State, but State more than Federal.
More Americans work for the local government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.
If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic:
Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
It gets worse.
More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined.
Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees.
Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?
Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods.
Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states with 2.4 million government employees. Twice as many as people at work in manufacturing.
Florida's ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York's.
Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker.
Iowa and Nebraska are farm states. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers.
West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners.
New York is the financial capital of the world—at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That's less than half of the state's 1.48 million government employees.
Surveys of college graduates are finding that more and more of our top minds want to work for the government. Why? Because in recent years only government agencies have been hiring, and because the offer of near lifetime security is highly valued in these times of economic turbulence. Sadly, we could end up with a generation of Americans who want to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Consider a core function of state and local governments: Schools.
Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity.
But education is an industry where we measure performance backwards: We gauge school performance not by outputs, but by inputs. If quality falls, we say we didn't pay teachers enough or we need smaller class sizes or newer schools. If education had undergone the same productivity revolution that manufacturing has, we would have half as many educators, smaller school budgets, and higher graduation rates and test scores.
The federal government needs to abolish all these state and local governments.
- Anonymous5 years ago
False. Many things that most directly affect your life happen at the local level, esp. zoning ordinances and school taxes.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Police, fire protection and schools are the big things the locals do.