We've tried this approach and it's failed miserably. Even though some states are able to work with this arrangement, many aren't. For example, a state like California can implement a program of wage subsidies as it has the resouces to do so. However, a state like Mississippi would have a much harder time implementing such a program from a lack of resources to put one together (even with federal assistance). This is precisely why a program of the magnitude being debated in Congress needs to be implemented and run federally, not on a state-by-state basis. I understand the arguement for leaving matters like this to the states, but the fact remains that not all states can put this type of program together, even those who would require extra resources from the federal government.