House Democrat proposes relocating parts of the federal government to the rest of the country
Rep. Tim Ryan has a dramatic idea for how to spread some wealth around: Spread the government around.
Hundreds of thousands of federal employees, backed by record-high government spending, have contributed to a regional economy that anyone could envy; the four richest counties in the United States neighbor the nation’s capital. So Ryan wants lawmakers to establish a commission that would develop a plan to “decentralize” the federal government, with a particular eye on helping the working-class economies that have suffered the most over the last decade.
"You're not going to want to take a [Cabinet] secretary and necessarily move them to Youngstown … but what backroom operations, what agencie...