Instructions for this Discussion Our nation’s system of public budgeting and finance became more visibly institutionalized and established early in the twentieth century, providing a basis for fiscal federalism and intergovernmental relations. Today, virtually all decisions and functions in government are driven by fiscal considerations. Please discuss how the progression of grants-in-aid from the New Deal era forward facilitated the evolution of federalism from a dual and relatively independent relationship between tiers of government, to a structure of interdependence where there is considerable intergovernmental coordination. Related, you may want to reflect upon how fiscal trends and reform efforts have been interrelated over time starting with the Nixon presidency. This discussion meets course learning objective 5: Demonstrate an understanding of how policy is financed in a federal system. You will also need to post a response to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Also, make sure that your response(s) are substantial and consist of at least 100 words. Grading Criteria Please refer to the discussion grading rubric. Due Date Your primary post is due by 11:30 pm on Wednesday 3/31/21. Responses to your peers must be posted by 11:30 pm on Friday 4/2/21.