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Learning Objective: Understand the differences and similarities of state vs federal governments and how the two function together.
1. Power of the States
Answer the question:
States are a good place for innovation because they act as laboratories for the rest of the country to observe how a particular innovation affects the people living in that state. The west coast is known as the progressive coast because many innovations are first tried out here and the rest of the country watches to see if they will adopt the innovation.
The states creating laws and policy is like recipes for food.
Some are nutritious and healthy and should be part of your daily diet. Some are over indulgent and you pay for it down the road. Some leave a bad taste in your mouth and should never be baked again. Some are local flavors that only seem to go over in that part of the country.
Some… are tried and trusted and end up in everyone’s kitchen throughout the country and even the world.
In a smaller environment, you can evaluate policies using more specific data points and then pivot away more quickly from the policies that aren’t working as well. In addition, policy roll-out can be quicker on the state level; this flexibility allows for more flexibility and innovation.
In response to Michael, I think the West Coast is able to pass more progressive policies in large part because of the similar ideologies of the members of the legislative bodies. When you’re on the same page about your priorities, governing gets more interesting because you can try out new methods of addressing various policy issues, versus if you are constantly battling another party.
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