Pols decide, people pay: A lesson in unfunded mandates
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New Hampshire adopted an amendment to its constitution years ago prohibiting the Legislature from forcing local taxpayers to pay for unfunded state mandates. One of this state’s strengths is that local government has to defend its own taxing and spending to the local citizenry, often up close and personal.
So what would be an example of such an unfunded state mandate? How about feel-good legislators deciding that local school districts must pay for students’ menstrual hygiene products?