Whether it is just for federal and state governments to impose regionalism to usurp local authority on matters such as taxation, zoning, and use of regional authority to re-allocate tax revenue.
We recognize the need for multi-jurisdictional solutions to multi-jurisdictional issues. We also strongly support local (or home) rule and freedom of association; therefore, we strongly oppose regionalism.
Regionalism is a political strategy to centralize, under a layer of government that is often unaccountable to voters, certain local jurisdictions' authorities' to tax, spend, and govern land use. Typical regional objectives are support of urban constituencies; equal outcomes through the consolidation and/or direction of local land planning & zoning; subsidized mass transit; education; and tax authorities. The Atlanta Regional Commission, or ARC, has attempted to pursue several such aims in the recent past.
Regionalism violates constitutional law and:
"How Obama Stole Dubuque", National review, Jan 13, 2016
Additional perspective is available at repealregionalism.com, a site with considerable information.
Kurtz, Stanley, “Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities"
Frick, Karen Trapenberg, "The Actions of Discontent", Journal of the American Planning Association, London, UK, March 19, 2014. Presents conservative position of opposing regional projects, and earned the JAPA's article of the year award.