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
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.
Efforts to balance the budget or address shortfalls should remain the purview of the legislative branch.
Policymakers should provide for transparency and honesty in the budget process.
Policymakers should enact comprehensive planning statutes, regulations, and incentives that promote:
Policymakers should identify and take steps to mitigate potential natural hazards.
Funding for livable communities projects should be sufficient to:
Policymakers should use funding mechanisms aligned with AARP’s Taxation Principles
Any public-private partnerships must ensure full accountability to the public.