Federal government was meant to be a limited government with jurisdiction over specific areas of common concern, those are spilled out in the constitution. Individual states have jurisdiction over everything within their borders that the citizens of the state decide they want the state to have. Unfortunately both the federal and state governments have assumed more power than was ever intended, a good portion of it as a result of being dictated back to the states from the federal government in overreaching entitlements to the point you could say the federal government purchased the consent of the states.
That's one of the reasons I like the Initiative system, where the people can, through petition, affirm actions they want the state to take, or reject actions the state has assumed.
Government, either federal or state, as envisioned by our founding fathers, was to be minimalist in their undertaking. To this day most of the welfare and general assistance is given by individuals or through such groups of individuals as churches, the red cross, or other charities, all continue to provide more than the governments do, with less "overhead" and bureaucratic entanglements.
In the State of Washington, our constitution dictates that the state government is responsible for providing full support of basic education. Basic education is traditionally considered to be learning structures, along with reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic which includes history (reading), science ('rithmetic-- i.e. physics), and literary arts (reading & writing). Extras, such as: music, sports, and non-marticulated subjects, were to be financed by the local citizens. Unfortunately the state has diverted a large part of the funds originally targeted for school funding into the general fund where it is used for entitlement programs instead of education. Some examples, It used to be that all logging stumpage fees were dedicated to education, The reason the citizens of Washington state approved gambling was that its income was to be dedicated to education (that lasted exactly 2 years, the constitutionally mandated restriction of legislative amending initiatives), vanity license plates started out that way.
The point is that government will corrupt the intent of the people unless it is governed by a tight rein, we must be ever watchful and quit saying, "but what will it hurt?" Over time it hurts us all in corrupted or overreaching government, unconstitutional entitlements, excessive taxation, and misdirected funds, to name just a few.