It’s a new year, which means many state legislatures are back in session, and, in a number of states, federalism is on the agenda. We’re thrilled that keeping decision making local is garnering much-needed attention. Take a look at this week’s top 3 local stories from across the web to find out those that best highlight local people making local decisions. To check out the last post of 2013, click here.
FOR INSPIRATION: Federalism All Star Rep. Ken Ivory of Utah
Federalism discussions are taking place in legislative chambers across the country thanks in large part to the actions of courageous state legislators. This week, we highlighted Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory for his leadership efforts both in his home state and nationwide. He is leading the battle to transfer public lands back to states in the West. He was also an instrumental figure in the Financial Ready Utah legislation that passed in 2013 to address the state’s reliance on federal funds. You can learn more about Rep. Ivory’s tireless efforts to restore local control and decision-making here.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: State Lawmakers Head Back to Session
Check out this list of top capitol reporters in every state. Following them will help you keep up with the latest news emerging from your state’s legislative session. You can also follow the action on Twitter to learn more about legislative issues nationwide and here are a few great resources: @GovBeat, @GOVERNING, and @StateBudgets, among others. Don’t forget that you can find Federalism in Action on Twitter at @KeepGovLocal.
FOR MOTIVATION: “Please do not get in our way”
This week, the National Governors Association (NGA) held its state of the state address. NGA’s chair, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and vice chair, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, decried an overreaching federal government and praised innovative actions by states to solve problems locally. Gov. Hickenlooper commented, “Governors don’t really worry about the parties when we’re trying to get things done.”
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