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Florida, Local decision-making: does it matter?

tonycurtis1 By tonycurtis1 | December 16, 2017 | United States

Local issues are solved by neighbors, not distant bureaucrats. Yes—now more than ever! Whether it’s called Home Rule, local control or even decentralized government, the principle is simple: government closest to the people governs best.

As a cornerstone of American self-government, Home Rule is what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they began our Great Experiment nearly 250 years ago.  It remains essential to our independence and democratic way of life. 

Today, gridlock and partisanship (what our Founders called “faction”) have crippled Washington and Tallahassee.  So, it’s essential that our local communities have the freedom to create, innovate and solve local problems locally.  That means keeping Florida working: building roads, keeping the water running, dispatching first responders, picking up the trash—and creating communities where people want to live, work and play.

Policy decisions are usually made through consensus-building, rather than partisan brute force.

Communities are free to determine their own destinies: Miami can be Miami, Jacksonville can be Jacksonville, Naples can be Naples and so on.

It’s easier to hold local officials accountable because we see them at church, the grocery store, the school pickup line and elsewhere. 

Simply put, local decision making means more regard for a community’s way of life. It empowers citizens to take a proactive approach to community goals and enables local leaders to solve local problems quickly and efficiently. 

For more information see: http://keepitlocalflorida.org/

 


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