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Each week, Federalism in Action compiles the top 3 stories from around the web that best exemplify local people making local decisions. This week, we share examples of state and local leaders pushing back against federal overreach in their communities. To read last week’s post, click here.

FOR MOTIVATION:  State Lawmakers want authority to fix the healthcare mess 

This week, 200 state lawmakers sent a letter to Congress urging them to consent to the Health Care Compact (HCC). The authors represent the eight states that already passed the HCC, an interstate compact that, with Congressional consent, would allow states to innovate and provide localized healthcare solutions based on their citizens’ unique needs. Texas State Representative Lois Kolkhorst urged, “State lawmakers across the country are ready, willing and able to serve our constituency with a local solution.”

FOR INSPIRATION: DC works to reduce dependence on federal government

The headline may seem like an oxymoron given that the city is literally home to the federal government, but that is exactly what Washington Mayor Vincent Gray is trying to do. In light of the pressure put on the independent city of Washington, D.C., during the federal government shutdown, Gray wants to find ways that the city can avoid being so dependent on the federal government for economic stability. Gray is encouraging economic development initiatives, with a strong emphasis on the use of new technology.

FOR MOTIVATION: Common Core Causing More Unrest in 2014

This spring, four million school children will take the newly implemented English and math Common Core tests. However, many local communities and states are still concerned and resistant to these national standards. They dislike Common Core’s centralized approach to learning and the uncertainty about costs and accountability the standards bring. Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina went so far as to outline a plan to “roll back Common Core” in the Palmetto State.

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