Block grants

FederalState

Services should be implemented and operated by the level of government that can most appropriately and efficiently deliver them. 

Block grants should be structured to ensure that the lower level of government maintains the prior level of funding. 

Funding formulas and allocation decisions should accommodate changes in demographics and inflation. They should also meet the needs of benefit recipients, reflect localities’ needs and ability to raise revenues, and accommodate variations in service-delivery costs. 

Decisions about the use of block-grant allocations should be made in the open. Adequate advance notice and information must be provided to affected stakeholders, and input from those stakeholders must be considered. People who cannot attend meetings in person should still be able to provide feedback.