The Local Government Colossus
State governments think it makes sense to consolidate local governing bodies, but at the local level the benefits seem abstract and largely unproven.
The source: “Attempted Merger” by Josh Goodman, in Governing, Nov. 2008.
New York City has 1.1 million pupils in a single school jurisdiction. The entire state of Maine has only 200,000 students in 290 districts. Last year, Democratic governor John Baldacci and the Maine legislature required that school boards consolidate. The goal was to reduce their number to 80. It’s been a tough sell.
Maine is only...