Unfunded Mandates: Definition & Examples


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When Congress imposes new requirements or regulations on a state or industry without offering financial assistance, it is known as what?

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1. Which of the following is a congressional act that imposed an unfunded mandate?

2. The _____ is an unfunded mandate because it required the states to implement and enforce a new law without any assistance from the government.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although the goals and objectives are positive, unfunded mandates often place heavy burdens on state and local governments, taxpayers, industries, and consumers. This quiz and worksheet review different types of unfunded mandates and measures that have been passed to ease their impact.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment on unfunded mandates covers the following topics:

  • National laws with mandates and no financial support
  • Unfunded mandates in industry
  • Federal assistance

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on unfunded mandates
  • Interpreting information - make sure you can review information on unfunded mandates and understand the key points
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain some of the goals of unfunded mandates

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson, Unfunded Mandates: Definition & Examples. The following objectives are part of the lesson:

  • List some of the costs that came with the Voting Rights Act
  • Explain how unfunded mandates affect budgets for state and local governments
  • Compare and contrast federal mandates and unfunded mandates
  • Describe the relief available for industries hit with unfunded mandates