"Government serves to provide essential services to people, that individuals or families cannot reasonably provide on their own. For example, a village or town should provide a fire department and local conswtabulary, since it is more beneficial for the collective community to hire a small number of civil servants to serve ALL of them, than to try to ineffectively provide such services for themselves as individuals. At each level of Government, ONLY those services which cannot be provided by individuals, private organizations (like churches or companies) or lower levels of government (municipal or county) should be performed by the State Government. At each level, the scope of Government should be limited to provide ONLY those services which cannot be provided at the lowest possible level, granting as much autonomy (self rule) to the lower levels. Also, at any level, the balance of the rights of the individual versus the rights of the collective should be ruled by the "do no harm" principle - individual rights should be preserved as much as feasible, but no individual[s rights should mitigate the rights of other individuals."
Source: Citizens Count Issue Survey 2012