Addressing the political situation in Maine, AIMS Senior Fellow Brian Lee Crowley writes that bigger government is not always the best answer. Smaller government units are often more responsive and efficient than their bigger bureaucratic counterpart.
In Big Government isn’t always best, Crowley crosses the border to reference the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, an example of where big government failed the people, through amalgamation driving the cost of government services up, not down. He uses this example to warn the people and policy makers in Maine not to adopt a system wherein when just because something sounds good to those in power, they implement it.
Small local governments have many advantages, including stronger lobbying abilities for minorities, and the realistic opportunity for successful mirroring of similar small governments. In addition, competition takes place at the local level, and is a necessary circumstance for successful government to be realized.
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