Regional/state/provincial level is a sub-division of government, which shares political, fiscal and economic powers with a central government. In a federal government, the regional level is represented by a state government. In unitary states, regional government is known as a provincial government. This level of government consists of institutional units which have some of the functions of government at a level below that of the central government and above the local level. A regional government usually has a fiscal authority to raise taxes within its territory and has the ability to spend at least some of its income according to its own policies, and appoint or elect its own officers.
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