Did you catch the top local stories this week? If not, Federalism in Action has you covered with all of the latest federalism news! If you haven’t visited our site before, on Fridays we share the top 3 stories highlighting local people making local decisions, so you can stay up-to-date 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 INSPIRATION: Maine Governor Vetoes Obamacare Expansion
Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill to expand Obamacare in the state this week. The state has expanded Medicaid in the past, and the expansion yielded poor results. Gov. LePage cited this failed experience and warned against doing it a second time, especially when the federal government has so much control over the process. In his statement, Gov. LePage wrote, “It is shortsighted to think federal funds will always be available…When savings were promised in the past as a result of expanding Medicaid, they never materialized, leaving Maine taxpayers holding the bill.
FOR MOTIVATION: Nevada Rancher Fighting for His Land
A Nevada rancher is fighting new intruders on his ranch, and it’s not wild animals. It’s the federal government. After two decades of battling the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Cliven Bundy decided to stop paying the feds for the right to graze on the public lands where his ranch is located, one that his family has operated since the 1870’s. The BLM responded in full force with a federal court order to “forcibly remove” Bundy’s cattle from the land. Armed federal agents now line the outside of the Bundy family ranch. Bundy continues to fight despite federal action. He laments, “They’re going to prove they can do it, and they’re gonna prove that they have unlimited power, and that they control the policing power over this public land.”
FOR FUN: Is Spring Finally Here?
Much of the nation experienced one of the coldest winters in recent memory, delaying the start of spring. With snow on the ground well into March in Washington, DC, many wondered when they would be able to enjoy one of the area’s most treasured times of the year—the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Thankfully for locals and tourists alike, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and on schedule with festival activities continuing through Sunday.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that federal agents had intruded on land owned by Mr. Bundy. The land in question is the public land controlled by the United States Government.