WASHINGTON -- State and local governments would support block grants that provided less money if it meant they had more flexibility in how they could spend the funds, state and local leaders said Friday.

Their comments came as the National Governors' Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and the National Conference of State legislatures announced plans to continue the partnership they developed last year while working for relief from unfunded federal mandates.

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