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An "unfunded mandate" is a requirement from a higher level of government that some lower level of government must enforce and pay for. It's easy for the Federal government to demand that the STATES pay for something, or for the State to require the LOCAL government to do something; the agency that makes the demand doesn't have to care about the cost, or whether or not it is effective, or even if it works at all.

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