Objective: Explain how the division of powers between national and state governments impacts policymaking.
Starter: How high are income tax rates in Virginia?
1.How accurate was your prediction?
2.What most surprised you about this map?
3.What questions do you have about this information?
4.Why aren't all state tax rates the same?
5.Since we are all Americans, shouldn't all tax rates be the same regardless of state?
6.Some states don't have an income tax. How do they raise revenue to pay for programs and expenditures?
7.Income tax rates are 10% higher in California than in Indiana. Why don't all the Californians move to Indiana?
8.Describe any geographical patterns you see in levels of state income tax rates?
9.List one pro and one con of a state having no income tax rate.
10.Explain the connection between this map and Federalism.
- Distinguish enumerated powers from implied powers.
- What are some concurrent powers held by the federal and state governments?
- How does the commerce clause enhance the scope of powers of the federal government?
- How might the supremacy clause of Article VI conflict with the reserved powers clause of the 10th Amendment?
Federalism: Panel Debate
- You will work in groups of roughly four people and assigned to one of the topics below.
- Once in your group, you must decide which side to take (A=federal position, B=state position). Two people will take each side.
- Your task is to research the topic, describe the mandate you are researching, take a position, and develop 3 arguments you will use to make your case. You will also prepare 2 questions to ask the opposing side.
- Presentations on each side will be limited to 3 minutes and a class vote will follow the debates.
- While not presenting, follow along a complete a graphic organizer to familiarize yourself with the topic.
- Starting Points
Closer: How does the division of powers between national and state governments impact policymaking?
- Make a claim here!
- Support your claim with TWO pieces of accurate and relevant information.
- Use reasoning to explain why your evidence supports your claim.
- Respond to an opposing or alternative perspective.