Many states and localities provide services to families who fall under the poverty line and also in the “near-poor” category.
Federal aid to states and localities, I will acknowledge, has increased dramatically since about 1990.
Romney countered later in the day by mocking the idea that states and localities could use more cops, firefighters, and teachers.
1620s, "fact of having a place," from French localité, from Late Latin localitatem (nominative localitas) "locality," from localis "belonging to a place" (see local). Meaning "a place or district" is from 1830.