"There is no advantage of federal funding for local projects, and this shows that it leads to risky decision-making," he said. "There's no real rational economic basis for federal aid to local governments. It's a political thing. Members of Congress need grant programs to point to something that they've achieved. I don't see any advantage in federal funding of these local activities. It would be better if they were funded locally because there would be direct control and it would be more democratic."
"But the problem with federal aid is it allows the local government to go around the checks and balances and get the money from Washington instead," Mr. Edwards said.