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The Federal Fault Line

It was another exciting week for federalism, and don’t worry if you missed the big stories because we have you covered! If this is your first time visiting, every Friday we share 3 top stories highlighting local people making local decisions. We do the work, so you can stay up-to-date with some of the best examples of federalism in action. You can find the top 3 highlights from this week’s below and click here to read last week’s post.

FOR INSPIRATION: The American West Fights for Local Control

The American West feels Washington, D.C.’s grip stronger than the East, with the federal government owning more than half of Western land. Carl Graham, the Director of the Center for Self-Government in the West (CSGW), wrote an op-ed appearing in the Washington Times highlighting the specific challenges facing Western States and the heart of rural America. Graham describes the battle Western States are forging against the federal government to reclaim their lands and provide better management.

FOR MOTIVATION: Federal Dependence Rising

This week, State Budget Solutions’ (SBS) analysis made an impact nationwide. SBS recently published a report assessing long-term trends of the federal aid to states. The Washington Examiner highlighted SBS analysis in its most recent EXography feature. According to SBS, 41 states have increased their reliance on the federal government since 2001. This trend is unsustainable and illustrates the need for state reforms like the Financial Readiness efforts underway in Utah and Idaho. Other news outlets took notice, including Fox News, the Peach Pundit, and the MississippiWatchdog.org.

FOR FUN: Egg-stra Local Fun

With Easter weekend festivities underway this weekend, some local communities are coming up with creative ways to entertain both young and old egg hunters. One Ohio town is preparing for its fourth annual “Egg Drop” where a helicopter drops eggs from the air, attracting nearly 5,000 participants. Columbus, Ohio, hosts a flashlight hunt, while another area does an egg hunt exclusively for seniors. Is your community doing anything special or unique that highlights the diversity of local people and places? If so, share them in the comment section!

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