Evaluating Use of Literature and Problem Statement

In this Discussion, you identify a mandate law and analyze the impact of the law on the fiscal and budgetary operations of public organizations. Review the Learning Resources for this week. The Urban Institute has a number of articles that discuss the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on the states. Then, select a law made by a superior level government that imposes mandates on lower levels of government, and reflect on intergovernmental finance and fiscal relations in public organizations.

With these thoughts in mind:

An example of mandate law that has had a significant impact on state or local governments. First, describe the mandate law you selected. Next, describe the effects of the mandate law, such as the ACA, on the fiscal and budgetary operations of the state or local governments. In your analysis, specify whether the impact is positive or negative and explain why.

Be sure to support your posting and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources while strictly adhering to APA format of referencing.


  • Mikesell, J. L. (2014). Fiscal administration: Analysis and applications for the public sector (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth.
    • Chapter 14, “Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations: Diversity and Coordination” (pp. 603–631)
  • Gillette, C. P. (2012). Fiscal federalism as a constraint on states. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 35(1), 101–114. 
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Jost, K. (2010). States and federalism. CQ Researcher20(36), 845–868. 
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Sorens, J. (2011). The institutions of fiscal federalism. Publius: The Journal of Federalism41(2), 207–231. 
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Urban Institute. (2010). States and the Affordable Care Act. Retrieved fromhttp://www.urban.org/health_policy/States-and-the-Affordable-Care-Act.cfm

    Note: Read this example of states’ roles in implementing the Affordable Health Care Act.

  • Library of Congress. (2014). Thomas. Retrieved from http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php
  • Open CRS. (2013). Retrieved from https://opencrs.com

    Note: Although CRS does not generally provide its reports online to the public, there are some sites such as this that compile substantial numbers of those reports, including very recent materials, and make them available to the public.

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts. (2012). Fiscal federalism initiative. Retrieved fromhttp://www.pewstates.org/projects/fiscal-federalism-initiative-328991
  • U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. (2014).USA.gov. Retrieved from http://www.usa.gov 

    Note: Use this site for congressional and general federal research and general federal government searches.

  • U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. (2014). Federal legislative branch. Retrieved from http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Legislative.shtml


  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2008d). Laws, regulations, & policies [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

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