University of Wisconsin–Madison

Principles of Home Rule for the 21st Century

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The NLC identifies four critical aspects of contemporary home rule: home rule should provide local governments the power they need to solve the challenges they face; home rule should advance local fiscal authority; home rule should establish a high bar for states to displace local authority; and home rule should strengthen local democracy. This report also outlines the history and current landscape of home rule in the United States and provides a model constitutional home rule amendment.

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