The Public Interest

The mandate millstone

Edward I. Koch

Fall 1980

OVER the past decade, a maze of complex statutory and administrative directives has come to threaten both the initiative and the financial health of local governments throughout the country. My concern is not with the broad policy objectives that such mandates are meant to serve, but rather with what I perceive as the lack of comprehension by those who write them as to the cumulative impact on a single city, and even the nation.

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