An interesting NYT column that would have been better titled “Stop Trying to Impose Good Ideas from the States on Everyone from Washington”

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Read it for yourself and see what you think. I’m struck by two things- first the assumption that it takes additional state funding to pull off reform at the state level. I think that the handwriting is on the wall that the types of reform states and the feds will need to focus on now and going forward. The focus will need to be on the “how do we get a bigger bang for the bucks we are already spending” rather than “now, NOW we are smart enough to know how to spend this new money much better than that frozen in place money, so give us more.”

The writer makes an interesting point about partisan control and policy diffusion, but failed to note that one party is in control of a much larger number of states than the other party- mostly due to one party blowing up the lab on health care btw. Given the type of reform needed (those that make better use of existing resources) and the philosophical leanings of the party in control of a large number of states, I’m expecting to see a healthy amount of policy diffusion.

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