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Wondering how people around the country are putting “federalism in action”? You’ve come to the right place! Each week, Federalism in Action collects the top 3 stories that best exemplify local people making local decision and this week, there were several great highlights. Find this week’s highlights below and click here to read last week’s post.

FOR INSPIRATION: Governors Push Back against Federal Overreach

Governors from 12 different states recently formed a new bipartisan coalition to advance state control of oil and gas drilling regulations. The coalition argues that over involvement by federal agencies like the EPA only creates more problems for states. These governors point to current examples of effective leadership from states and the great opportunity for energy innovation with more localized control.

FOR MOTIVATION: Obamacare Expansion Is Costly for States

This week, Advance Arkansas Institute released a new report on the budgetary impact of Medicaid expansion authored by Joe Luppino-Esposito of State Budget Solutions. The report details the enormous budgetary costs associated even with a “private” option for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in the state. The report reveals that Arkansas’s increased reliance on federal funds for its general revenue coupled with expansion of a troubled federal program could spell disaster for the state.

FOR FUN: According to Primetime, Does Your City Exist?

Have you ever noticed that almost all of your favorite TV shows take place in the same few cities? Buzzfeed produced a few interesting statistics about the reality of this trend. For instance, New York and Los Angeles account for 32 percent of all TV shows aired between 1970 and 2014. Read the full article to see if show creator have ignored your city. (Hint: They’ve ignored most of them.)

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