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In a recent article in the National Journal , Rochelle L. Stanfield, staff correspondent, wrote: To most thoughtful critics of the New Federalism the President's proposal is neither the perfect solution nor the wrong one, but is a starting place for a comprehensive reconsideration of intergovernmental relationships. Some may be led to believe that human services are facing the current situation only as a result of the most recent budget consolidations and reductions. However, the debate on the roles for federal, state and local governments and the voluntary sector in providing human services is not new. It was an important concern during the formation of the Republic, in the Roosevelt Administration, during the Nixon Administration, and now under President Reagan. Human services at the local level are facing a longer term problem than just the actions of the current administration. It is problem that consists at least of: continued reductions in some programs, no real growth in funds for others, inadequate staffing, and community criticism over the effectiveness of local services. These realities will be with us regardless of the national administration.