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Federal grants have become more common over the last 60 years due to the expansion and retraction of the size of the federal government The federal government began expanding in the 1930s to deal with the Depression It used federal agencies to directly deal with problems As time went on the tasks were turned over to the states but the federal government still remained involved through the use of federal grants to states and localities In the 1970s Nixons New Federalism put a heavy emphasis on federal grants Revenue sharing gave federal dollars to localities and states that had never received very much or any federal money before This increased local interest in receiving federal money in many localities In order to deal with the federal bureaucracy and receive federal money localities and states have to develop efficient and effective bureaucracies of their own These state and local bureaucracies must understand the federal rules and requirements for receiving federal aid Some states routinely receive a greater amount of federal money than other states with similar populations due to the differences in state bureaucracies The state which has an effective grant-writing bureaucracy and maintains relations with federal bureaucrats and leaders is often able to get more money Federal bureaucracies are often very regionalized They are staffed by people from a certain region and they primarily deal with people from that region They give more federal assistance to these regions too The overall trend in federal spending in a state may be different from a particular agencys pattern of spending Some states may get very little overall federal funding but may get much more than the average amount of money from a certain federal agencys grants American state-level politics can be divided up into 3 categories traditional moralistic and individualistic Traditional areas are heavily elitist and social elites are the primary leaders of society They have less reliance on government programs government spending and government in general
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