Over the last few decades, Washington, D.C.’s control and influence over states and communities has reached unprecedented levels. Fortunately, this has not dampened the American spirit. Each week, Federalism at Action will highlight some of the concrete, innovative ways Americans are “keeping it local,” what our local communities have to offer and why our government should not be any different. Check back each week for the latest installment!

FOR FUN: Give Some Thought to Bourbon

This September, Bourbon lovers everywhere are celebrating one of Kentucky’s most famous local products during Bourbon Heritage Month. Check out some of the ways the Kentuckians are doing their part to keep it local.

FOR INSPIRATION: Check out North Dakota

States across the nation are innovating, creating and build stronger communities. Just look at North Dakota: they are experiencing one of the largest economic booms in recent history. Why? Because the state is utilizing their own natural resources and coming up with new ways to innovate. Just imagine what would happen if other states could follow suit, and as discussed in this Forbes article.


This week, the Manhattan Institute released a map of how Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) will affect premiums for citizens nationwide. Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans will see steep rate increases. This is what happens when Washington dictates policy for states and local communities. Check it out here.

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