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 Declaration of Intergovernmental Dependence of 1937

Introduction

The declaration of intergovernmental dependence that follows is published on pages 142 & 143 of The Book of the States, Volume 2, Book 2. Delegates who attended the third general assembly of the Council of State Governments signed it. The Council of State Governments, which now has headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, was incorporated in 1933 as the product primarily of members of the Council of State Legislators. Both were financed to a great extent by the Spelman Fund, which was and possibly still is a fund of the Rockefeller Foundation. A declaration of intergovernmental dependence was signed at the general assembly held in Denver in 1935, but a limited number of states were represented. Representatives of the several states have since signed at least one similar declaration. The Council of State Governments is among the coordinating agencies for uniform laws adopted by state legislatures. The Council of State Governments is contemporaneously classified as a government entity, albeit a third tier of "nonconstitutional" government. Most funding is currently appropriated by state governments. The following declaration provided the early ideological framework and rationalization for the state and local government side of Federalism, also known as Cooperative Federalism.

Dan Meador 



 
Declaration of Interdependence of the Governments within the United States of America in Common Council

Signed at Washington, District of Columbia, on January 22, 1937 by delegates to the Third General Assembly of the Council of State Governments.
 

 
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