We’re in the thick of state legislative sessions, and each and every day there are many local people promoting local decision-making. Federalism in Action compiles the top 3 stories from around the web that best exemplify “federalism in action.” To read last week’s post, click here and see below for this week’s highlights.

FOR MOTIVATION: How reliant is your state on the feds?

State Budget Solutions (SBS) recently analyzed the latest data showing federal aid to states and found that all state governments combined receive 31.6 percent of their general revenue from the federal government. You can view the entire article and interactive map HERE to see how your state fared. Mississippi is most reliant on DC, with federal funds making up 45.35 percent of its general revenue, and Alaska is the least dependent at 19.9 percent.

FOR INSPIRATION: States fight federal authority (again)

Twenty-one Attorneys General are pushing back against the White House Administration’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. It is not just this plan that worries them; these states are concerned about the precedent this federal plan will set moving forward. They made their case in a joint Amicus Brief, stating that this plan could also lead to Washington regulation in other watersheds, specifically the Mississippi River Basin.

FOR FUN: Happy Birthday, Mr. President

President Ronald Reagan was a vocal supporter of federalism during his time in office, even stating in his Inaugural Address, “All of us need to be reminded the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.” Yesterday, February 6, was his 103rd birthday, and to commemorate, Buzzfeed compiled a fun look at President Reagan’s humorous side capturing the “31 Most YOLO Moments.” Enjoy!

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