Comparing the States. http:// www.commonwealthfoundation.org/policyblog/detail/sat-scores-by-state-2011 Comparisons can be tricky!. Comparing the states. Structures of Government
Structures of Government
All states have a legislative, executive and judicial branch based on the federal model, but they vary within that structure
McCulloch v. Maryland (1815): The State of Maryland attempted to tax the Baltimore branch of the Bank of the United States, a US government agency. Mr. McCulloch, the branch manager, refused to pay the tax. The Supreme Court ruled that a state may not tax an activity of the federal government. This is an example of the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution (the federal law establishing the bank takes precedence over the state law imposing the tax).