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Debate over structure of government one that will never end

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 4, 2012

Some bills in Tennessee's Republican-controlled legislature would reduce local zoning and planning powers and give the state more say in such things as local regulation of signs. This is seen as inconsistent by some who note that GOP lawmakers are quick to holler about overreach from Washington.

Tennessee lawmakers are also considering whether to keep local governments from creating worker benefit standards that exceed state requirements. The genesis was one county's law that set minimum wages for government contractors. Talk about the importance of local control goes out the window, one critic told, when a policy preference gets in the way.

Bottom line: You can't separate the debate over the structure of government — who can do what — from the debate over ideological positions.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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