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Bush Proposes Shifting a Bigger Share of Programs for the Poor to States


February 5, 2003
Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Richard Simon
Los Angeles Times

Advocates for Medicaid, housing, Head Start fear there won't be enough money to go around.

Just as state governmental finances are going from bad to worse, the Bush administration is proposing to give the states more responsibility for running an array of programs for the poor. For the Head Start program for impoverished preschoolers, critics warn that the states would be tempted to use their federal dollars to fill in gaps in their own education programs.