FORMER PRESIDENT Bill Clinton will return to the National Constitution Center tomorrow. The first time Clinton set foot at the center was in 2000 when, as president, he led the Pledge of Allegiance at the building's groundbreaking ceremony. The upcoming visit will be more substantive.
The event is the last of the four so-called "National Dialogues" organized by a group called the State Budget Crisis Task Force that will focus on federalism. That's the government system that gives states the independence - and burden - of managing big-ticket items such as public infrastructure, education, health care and public safety.
The dialogues are basically brainstorming sessions intended to find new ways to help federal and state governments work together to solve these problems, whether through better organization or through legislation. Mayor Nutter will make remarks on Philadelphia's perspective of federalism earlier in the morning.