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Top 3 Local: It’s Employee Freedom Week

On August 21, 2015

Welcome to another installment of our Top 3 Local series. Here we strive to highlight three stories featuring “local people, making local decisions.” You might call it “federalism in action.” Read on for this week’s Top 3 Local stories. And if you have a story we should feature in next week’s post, send the good […]

Let States Handle Transportation

On August 19, 2015

By Bob Williams | State Budget Solutions Most of us utilize some kind of government-funded transportation in our daily lives. Whether it’s riding a bus or the subway, taking a ferry or driving on roads, we are all touched by transportation dollars spent in our states. In the face of this high demand for transportation, states today […]

For a Healthy Utah Economy, Say No to Medicaid Expansion

On August 17, 2015

J. Scott Moody | State Budget Solutions Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, might in theory sound like a no-brainer. Its advocates claim that expanding Medicaid would come at no cost to Utah taxpayers — at least during its first three years of implementation. In the real world, however, there […]

Ed Reform & Competitive Federalism

On August 16, 2015

Aaron Gushin | State Budget Solutions  The national drive to improve K-12 education, and Common Core in particular, have captured the attention of those who believe in a strong defense of the 10th amendment and local control of education. The overriding issue, from a states’ rights perspective, is not Common Core’s lesson plans or educational standards. It […]

For Clean Power Plan to Succeed, More Freedom Is Needed

On August 15, 2015

Josh Smith | State Budget Solutions President Obama’s push for “clean” energy reaches its peak in the form of the Administration’s newly-unveiled Clean Power Plan, with its goal of encouraging the use of renewable energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal features even more stringent emissions standards that would apply to states, as well as […]

New Jersey & Financial Ready: Perfect Together

On August 14, 2015

By Karim Elsayed | State Budget Solutions Like every other state, New Jersey receives handouts from the federal government to fund state agencies. Federal aid may seem like a free lunch, but there are many hidden strings attached. The aid is always conditional upon the whims of the federal government, which ultimately strips away state sovereignty, and […]

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