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Happy Friday! It’s time for a new installment of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series. In case this is your first time stopping by, ever Friday, we find 3 of the top stories from across the web that showcase local people making local decisions. We provide you with the best examples of “Federalism in Action” happening around the country so you never miss a thing!

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FOR MOTIVATION: Battle for Western Lands Continues

The battle for control of federal lands in western states has a direct impact on state budgets, according to a recent presentation from Coalition for Self-Government in the West Director, Carl Graham. Last week, Graham made a presentation to members of the national media to paint the picture of how devastating federal control is to the west. He also points to an important solution: plans to transfer lands and to conduct risk assessment of likely cuts in federal funding. Graham said, “You prepare for earthquakes, you prepare for fire; states need to prepare for the day when 33 percent of their budget is at risk.” Read more from State Budget Solutions’s Hannah Oh, HERE.

FOR INSPIRATION: Bayou State to Become the Next Common Core Dropout 

The Bayou State could become the next state to drop out of Common Core, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal cited concerns about local control as motivation for pulling out of the Standards. “We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken away from our parents and educators.” If Louisiana does pull out, they would become the fourth state to withdraw officially, following Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

FOR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: America’s Top Metros from the Manhattan Institute

We often talk about keeping it local, so here is a fascinating new report that gets at the very heart of that message. Our friends from the Manhattan Institute recently released a new study looking at the Top 100 Metros in America. Their research explores which cities are growing and even thriving and which cities are falling behind. Where do cities in your state fall on the list? Check out the full study on America’s metros here.

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