“State and Local Government”



Don't use plagiarized sources. Get Your Custom Essay on
“State and Local Government”
Just from $13/Page
Order Essay

A great deal of our study of “State and Local Government” deals with the relationship between the central (federal) government and the states. However, local government is considered to be the most basic of government

units, in that it is the closest, both in terms of proximity and emphasis, to its

citizens. Many of the issues debated and decisions made by these local bodies directly affect its residents. Issues like: An increase in the property tax rate; Changing the flow of traffic on a street from two – way to one – way; An overnight “on street” parking ban; or Closing an elementary school directly affect the quality of life and pocketbooks of its citizens. The purpose of this exercise is to help you to understand how decisions are made at the local level and to understand the political considerations that are a part of those decisions.


1.Choose a municipality. It may be your hometown or one of the communities near school.

2.Then choose a board, committee or commission in that municipality. Check out a couple of city or town websites. Newton, Lexington, Burlington, Weston, Waltham, Watertown, Burlington, and Arlington are all fairly close to school and have worked out well for students in the past. Look at past meeting agendas and minutes on these websites. Select a board or committee where there is an ongoing controversy. The Newton School Committee is a good one because of the $250 million high school –but not everyone should choose

that board. Also Planning Boards and ZBA’s (Zoning Boards of Appeal) are also usually fun – there is always one guy who wants to add a second story to his house and there is always some abutter who objects because it will block his or her view. Or better yet, they always want to open a halfway house for newly – released prisoners right in the middle of a residential neighborhood or next to an elementary school. The more controversial the issue that is before the board, the easier it will be to write this paper (it will also be more fun for you). A list of some nearby municipalities and links to their meeting schedules is attached.

3.After choosing a board, committee or commission, your assignment is to attend one of the body’s meetings. You must go to the meeting -you are NOT to watch it on local access cable television. Analyze an issue brought before the body by Preparing a paper, six (6) to eight (8) pages in length that analyzes the controversy, the positions of the various factions, and the board’s action. In your analysis, you should consider the following:

i. Who won? Why?

ii. Who lost? Why

iii. Was the board’s decision justified?

iv. Was the board’s decision wise?

v. If you were a member of the board, who you have ruled

differently? Why?

vi. What was the determining issue for you?

vii. Were the parties satisfied? Why?

viii. Is the board’s decision subject to appeal?

ix. Was the board’s decision ethical?

Your paper should include a fair amount of research and citations to local newspaper articles, as well as to The Boston Globe and Boston Herald.

Place your order
(550 words)

Approximate price: $22

Calculate the price of your order

550 words
We'll send you the first draft for approval by September 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Total price:
The price is based on these factors:
Academic level
Number of pages
Basic features
  • Free title page and bibliography
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Plagiarism-free guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 support
On-demand options
  • Writer’s samples
  • Part-by-part delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Copies of used sources
  • Expert Proofreading
Paper format
  • 275 words per page
  • 12 pt Arial/Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • Any citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard)

Our guarantees

Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.

Money-back guarantee

You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.

Read more

Zero-plagiarism guarantee

Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.

Read more

Free-revision policy

Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.

Read more

Privacy policy

Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.

Read more

Fair-cooperation guarantee

By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.

Read more
error: Content is protected !!
Live Chat 1 763 309 4299EmailWhatsApp

Order your essay today and save 15% with the discount code GINGER