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.
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.
Public-benefit programs should ensure that families headed by grandparents and other caregiver relatives receive sufficient support for economic security an
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
Food and nutrition programs should have adequate funding to engage in robust outreach efforts.
Policymakers should promote the creation of mixed-use livable communities.
National, state, and local parks should be age-friendly, accessible, and sufficiently funded. They should be equitably located throughout communities.
Policymakers should enact comprehensive planning statutes, regulations, and incentives that create communities that promote the independence and ac