June is here, and it’s officially time for the first summer edition of our Top 3 Local Blog series. In case you’re new, ever Friday, Federalism in Action finds the 3 top stories highlighting local decision-making in action. We summarize the best examples of “Federalism in Action” from around the country so you can stay in the know.
You can read this week’s Top 3 Local stories below, and you can click here to read last week’s post. Do you have a story to include in the next installment? Email us at FIA@statebudgetsolutions.org!
FOR FREEDOM: Local D-Day Events Across the World
Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the turning point in World War II when the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, marking the beginning of the fight to push back Nazi forces from Western Europe. Celebrations and memorials are taking place across the world commemorating this important date in history. You can read more about some of these local events here, here, and here.
FOR MOTIVATION: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Federalism
Last year, we covered Bond vs. USA. Carol Bond argued that her crime was not worthy of being prosecuted at the federal level. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal laws did not apply to Bond’s criminal case, as she was already guilty of breaking state and local laws. This ruling could have significant federalism implications for future court cases to come, preserving power and control at the state and local level.
FOR INSPIRATION: Two More States Opt out of Common Core
This week, Governor Mary Falin and Governor Nikki Haley became the latest governors to sign laws opting their states out of Common Core. Oklahoma and South Carolina join Indiana as the second and third states to reject Common Core standards. Gov. Fallin cited local control as the main reason for dropping out, stating, “We cannot ignore the widespread concerns of citizens, parents, educators, and legislators who have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma’s public schools.”
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