There are multiple reasons to block grant welfare programs back to the states. Aside for the obvious reasons of balancing budgets and encouraging more efficiency, devolving these programs to the states will preclude overzealous federal administrations from promulgating onerous mandates on the states. The Obama administration is mandating that all states must use Medicaid funds to help provide coverage for abortions. Texas is leading the way and rebelling against this mandate. Today, the Texas Health and Human Resources Commissioner signed a rule banning Medicaid funds from being used for Planned Parenthood grants or for other abortion providers.