Memorial Day

Are you ready for the holiday weekend? Before you close up shop for the long weekend, take a look at the latest Top 3 Local blog post. In case you’re new here, every Friday, Federalism in Action finds 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 in the know.

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IN MEMORY: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

It’s a 3-day weekend, but there’s much more to the long weekend than an extra day off from work. This Monday, America observes Memorial Day to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country’s freedom. Across the country, local communities take part in unique traditions to celebrate this important national holiday. Check out more details on local celebrations happening nationwide, including ones in Florida, Georgia, New York, and Pennsylvania.

FOR MOTIVATION: Federal Grants on the Rise

According to research from PEW’s Fiscal Federalism Initiative, federal grants to states are on the rise. In fact, total federal grants have increased by 18 percent above prerecession levels. Medicaid growth was a large driver of this rise in federal grants, largely due to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. As we’ve argued before here, increasing reliance on federal funding is a dangerous path for states, restricting local autonomy and flexibility.

FOR INSPIRATION: Oklahoma AG Fights for State Flexibility 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a strong advocate for local control, and his actions this week further highlight his commitment to federalism. This week he proposed a new plan that would allow states more flexibility and autonomy to handle carbon dioxide emissions standards. AG Pruitt remarked, “Unfortunately, the EPA has grown increasingly unwilling to properly defer to state authority and instead is attempting to usurp the role of the states.”

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