Using John Shannons paper as a broad frame of reference (see previous article), a panel discussion titled "The Changing Nature of FederalI State Relations: The Fiscal Impact on New England" took place on 18 November 1985 at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. The discussion was sponsored by the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs and was presented in a roundtable forum. The members of the panel were Kenneth Curtis, former governor of Maine; Chester Atkins, member of Congress from the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District; Richard Licht, lieutenant governor of Rhode Island; David Walker, professor of political science at the University of Connecticut and former assistant director of the Government Structure and Function Section, Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; and Roger Porter, professor of government and business at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and former special assistant to President Reagan. The following are excerpts from their remarks.



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