It may be Friday the 13th, but Federalism in Action still wants to end the week on a high note and celebrate federalism. We’ve gathered the Top 3 stories on local people making local decisions. To check out last week’s post, click here. 

FOR MOTIVATION: Montana governor decries federal land management

During the Western Governor’s Association meeting this week, Montana Governor Steve Bullock lamented the devastating impact of federal land management on Western states. He compares Montana’s careful management of its own land, its natural resources, and endangered species with the negligent practices and policies of the federal government. The difference is astounding and typifies Washington, D.C.’s mismanagement of public lands in the West. Watch a short clip from his speech here to learn more.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A new transportation agenda?

These days, there are few bright spots coming from our nation’s capital, but the Transportation Empowerment Act just might be an exception. For years, local communities and states suffered from poor federal management of roads, and this proposal would transfer authority and control back to the states. Transportation policy expert Dennis Polhill assesses the merits of this plan in The Denver Post here.

FOR INSPIRATION: Local coffee shop rallies around community

Last week in Lexington, Kentucky, several downtown neighborhood businesses were robbed. A coffee shop was a victim of these burglaries, but that did not stop those at the shop from lending a hand. They rallied the community by encouraging support of their neighboring businesses suffering from the robberies. The coffee shop offered a free beverage to anyone who made a purchase at one of the robbed stores. You can read more here.

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