The individual States should possess an independent and uncontrollable authority to raise their own revenues for the supply of their own wants.




The individual States should possess an independent and uncontrollable authority to raise their own revenues for the supply of their own wants.

The individual States should possess an independent and uncontrollable authority to raise their own revenues for the supply of their own wants. --Alexander Hamilton

To the People of the State of New York:

ALTHOUGH I am of opinion that there would be no real danger of the consequences which seem to be apprehended to the State governments from a power in the Union to control them in the levies of money, because I am persuaded that the sense of the people, the extreme hazard of provoking the resentments of the State governments, and a conviction of the utility and necessity of local administrations for local purposes, would be a complete barrier against the oppressive use of such a power; yet I am willing here to allow, in its full extent, the justness of the reasoning which requires that the individual States should possess an independent and uncontrollable authority to raise their own revenues for the supply of their own wants. And making this concession, I affirm that (with the sole exception of duties on imports and exports) they would, under the plan of the convention, retain that authority in the most absolute and unqualified sense; and that an attempt on the part of the national government to abridge them in the exercise of it, would be a violent assumption of power, unwarranted by any article or clause of its Constitution.

Alexander Hamilton

Year: 1788
Context: Federalist No. 32
Tags: State governments, Union, authority, consequenses, convention, exports, extreme hazard, imports, independent, levies of money, local administrations, local purposes, national government, opinion, power, real danger, revenues, sense of the people, uncontrollable, violent assumption of power, wants



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