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These essays review the implications of the new fiscal federalism for the states, particularly California, from the perspective of intergovernmental relations, fiscal impact, program administration, and the consequences for the public. Topics include AFDC, child care, child protection, Medicaid, job training, and the impact of prospective federal funding cuts on the California state budget. An introduction by the editors provides an overview of the issues, the nature of proposed policy changes, and their effects. The papers were given at a May 1996 RAND conference and revised to incorporate the observations of state, local, and county officials who participated in the two-day event.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

  • Acknowledgments

  • An Introduction to the Issues

    James Hosek and Robert Levine

  • Preparing for Welfare Block Grants: Issues Facing California

    James N. Dertouzos and Robert F. Schoeni

  • The Impact of Federal and State Policy Changes On Child Care In California

    M. Rebecca Kilburn and Lingxin Hao

  • Child Protection and Welfare Reform

    Audrey Burnam and Elan Melamid

  • Restructuring the Medicaid Program

    Arleen Leibowitz and Helen DuPlessis

  • Job Training: The Impact on California of Further Consolidation and Devolution

    Robert T. Reville and Jacob Alex Klerman

  • The Impact of a Federal Balanced Budget on California's Budget

    Stephen Carroll and Eugene Bryton

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