Busting Myths About State Funding

How can federal agencies help governors, mayors and other local leaders craft innovative solutions to pressing policy challenges, even in an era of flat or declining funding? A remarkable finding from the Federal Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) initiative suggests a way: Federal agencies can unleash creative new approaches simply by myth busting, meaning working with states and localities to correct misunderstandings about the flexibility they already have when using federal funds. In a recent piece in the Brookings Economic Studies Bulletin, Andrew Feldman and the Forum's Thaddeus Ferber argue that by simply working with states to correct misunderstandings about the use of federal funds, local agencies would have the flexibility to provide better results.

 
Publishing Date: 
July 5, 2017