Higher levels of government should provide adequate resources when mandating functions to lower levels of government.
Services should be implemented and operated by the level of government that can most appropriately and efficiently deliver them.
Efforts to reform entitlement spending should recognize the following factors:
When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
The federal government must strive for long-term fiscal balance.
Passing responsibilities down to lower levels of government should be undertaken primarily to place services closer to the people being served and to maximize administrative
Policymakers should expand opportunities for people to volunteer in their communities. This includes older adults and people with disabilities.
States should simplify estate planning. This includes allowing the use of electronic wills or trusts to govern the distribution of property at death.
States should expand laws on durable powers of attorney to: