Happy Friday! It’s time for the latest installment of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local weekly blog post. Are you new here? Every Friday, we find the 3 top stories highlighting local people making local decisions across the nation. We find the best examples of “Federalism in Action,” so you can stay informed.
You’ll find this week’s Top 3 Local stories below, and you can click here to read last week’s highlights. Do you have a story to include in the next edition? Email us at FIA@statebudgetsolutions.org!
FOR MOTIVATION: Federal Bailout in Arkansas’s future?
Arkansas’s “Private Option” Obamacare Medicaid expansion is barely underway and already facing mounting criticism. According to analysis from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), costs are much higher than projected (to the tune of $7.7 million in five months). To make matters worse, the Arkansas Medicaid director and leading champion of the Private Option recently stepped down unexpectedly. Arkansas officials are growing more worried about how to pay for the program and are already signaling the possibility of a federal bailout.
FOR INSPIRATION: How to Stay Engaged in the Federalism Fight
The federal government is growing at an alarming rate with more power concentrated in Washington, DC, than ever before. However, there is some good news: opposition at the state and local level is also building. More individuals and organizations are concerned about how a bloated federal government is restricting local decision-making and control. Here are several fantastic resources and tools to help you stay engaged to keep government local: Coalition for Self-Government in the West, The Federalist Society, The Liberty Foundation, and the State Policy Network.
FOR FUN: Bring Your Bike to Work
Did you know that the number of bike commuters has increased in U.S. cities by 60% since 2000? The U.S. Census Bureau just released a new report highlighting this growth, pointing to bike share programs as the main cause of this shift. In the report, the Census also ranked the top 15 U.S. cities for bike commuting, with Portland, OR, winning with 6.1% of commuters choosing bikes to get to work. Is your community great for biking? Check out the report to see if your city made the list!
Want to learn more? Click HERE to receive the latest in news and updates about local leaders making a difference in their communities.