Arkansas Private Option

It’s been another exciting week for federalism, and Federalism in Action has you covered with all of the latest news. We take a quick look at the top 3 local stories across the nation that best exemplify local people making local decisions. If you haven’t visited our site before, every Friday we profile these stories, so you can keep up with the best examples of federalism in action. Find this week’s top 3 highlights below and click here to read last week’s post.

FOR MOTIVATION: Obamacare Expansion by Another Name

Last year, the Arkansas legislature passed the “private” option to expand Medicaid. Quickly, other states sought to pass similar models, often claiming that the private option would allow the state more control to provide better care. Only one year in, the actual costs are significantly higher than projected costs. This week, the Foundation for Government Accountability released a new video highlighting the broken promises of Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion and what states can do to enact truly meaningful state-based reforms for states’ most vulnerable citizens.

FOR INSPIRATION: Oklahoma Attorney General Sues Federal Agency

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is one of the leading voices for federalism nationwide, and this week, he filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their “sue and settle” tactics regarding endangered species. He criticized the agency for its rulemaking that takes place behind closed doors. Attorney General Pruitt lamented the overreach of the federal government: “Using the courts to impose regulations undermines the rule of law.”

FOR FUN: March Madness Goes Local

March Madness is officially underway, and chances are you are competing in one (or more) NCAA bracket challenge. Others are getting in on the action but with a little twist. Two national news outlets are conducting similar brackets but with different players: America’s cities and towns. The Southern magazine Garden and Gun is hosting a national challenge for America’s best Southern town. Yahoo News also did a similar bracket competition earlier this month, but for America’s best city, with the Windy City taking the prize.

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