It’s the end of another week, and that also means it’s time for the latest edition of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series. Are you new here? Every Friday, we find 3 of the top stories from across the web demonstrating 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 FUN: Local Look at Motor City’s Rebirth

For the last few years, Detroit commentary focused primarily on blight and bankruptcy. What you do not hear about, however, is an exciting local renaissance happening that is giving new life to the city. Here are just a few great examples of local people getting involved and making a difference in the Motor City community: Challenge Detroit, a yearlong fellowship aimed at training young entrepreneurial innovators; Lafayette Greens, a downtown Detroit green space and urban garden; and M-1 Rail, a nonprofit organization that runs a streetcar through Downtown Detroit.

FOR MOTIVATION: More Federal “Bungling”

The Foundation for Government Accountability has the latest news on how the federal government is creating national “chaos” in state Medicaid departments. It should come as no surprise that the federal government’s involvement in healthcare is not going as planned. The feds’ failure to accurately determine whether or not individuals are eligible for Medicaid coverage is wreaking havoc for states. This is yet another example of why states should be wary of doing more business with the federal government, particularly when the lives of the most vulnerable are at stake.

FOR INSPIRATION: The Battle for the West Has Just Begun

Earlier this week, the Heritage Foundation hosted a panel discussion on how Western state leaders are fighting for control over federal lands. Two leaders engaged in this fight, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop and Coalition for Self-Government in the West Director Carl Graham, made compelling arguments for why the federal government should rightfully return control and ownership back to the states. Congressman Bishop remarked, “You don’t have to have everything managed by Washington in order to have it done well. States and tribes are showing that they can do just as good a job, if not a better job.” To watch the full video of the Heritage Foundation panel, click here.

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