Federalism & State Governments In A Pandemic.
In The Moment ... April 27, 2020 Show 804 Hour 2
Since novel coronavirus was first confirmed in the U.S., state governors have often taken the lead in the response to the virus. They hold daily press conferences, they bid against other governors for personal protective equipment, they make sweeping (or nuanced) decisions about the closure of businesses in their individual states; decisions that are celebrated, decisions that are ridiculed.
The federal government stumbled out of the gate with a failed CDC test and a hesitation to mount a federal response. Is this a hallmark of the Trump administration? Or is it something more revealing?
Emily Wanless is an associate professor in the Government and International Affairs Department at Augustana University. She holds a Ph.D. in political science, with an emphasis in American Government. She joins us today to talk about federalism and the role of state governments in a pandemic.