Mandates are a continual source of friction among governments; many policymakers and scholars foresee an increase in unfunded federal and state mandates. These factors suggest that intergovernmental tensions will continue to rise unless the Congress and state legislatures establish more successful and intergovernmental cooperative methods for dealing with mandate issues. This information report provides examples from seven states that have used a variety of approaches to address state-local tensions created by mandates. We hope this report will help state and local officials in all 50 states find acceptable intergovernmental means to resolve the inevitable tensions created by mandates and to restore vitality to local self-government. The success of any mandates strategy will depend on the extent to which it represents agreement between state and local governments and is followed in good faith by all parties.