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It’s the first full week of summer, and it’s finally Friday! That also means it’s time for a new installment of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series. If you’re new here, each 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.

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FOR INSPIRATION: In New Mexico, Momentum Building for State Control of Land  

Carl Graham, Director of the Coalition for Self-Government in the West, recently traveled to New Mexico to make the case for putting local people back in control of their own resources. Check out the New Mexico-based Rio Grande Foundation’s coverage of his statewide speaking tour. Graham also highlighted the important efforts of Utah and Idaho to become financially ready and reduce dependence on federal funding.

FOR MOTIVATION: Virginia Medicaid Expansion on Hold 

Virginia’s Medicaid showdown has finally come to a close after months of fighting to pass the state budget. Read the full story on the Virginia Medicaid fight from State Budget Solutions. As we have argued in the past, Medicaid needs to be reformed before it can be expanded. Not only would expansion hurt Virginia’s most vulnerable residents, it would also have serious budget ramifications for the state.

FOR FUN: New Blog Promotes Detroit’s Voice

A city marred by a financial crisis and bankruptcy, Detroit is now emerging from its struggle thanks to the entrepreneurial and community-based efforts of Detroit residents. Others are starting to take notice of this resurgence, and the Detroit News is capturing it. The paper recently launched a new blog, “D Voice” to highlight perspectives inside and outside of the Motor City.  Check out this week’s blog discussing a recent New York Times article that features aspects of Detroit’s comeback.

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