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It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s time for another edition of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series! If you’re new to the site, each Friday we share the top 3 stories that exemplify local people making local decisions across the country. We provide you with the best examples of “Federalism in Action,” so you never have to miss a thing.

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FOR INSPIRATION: Ohio Lawmakers Push Common Core Repeal

Ohio may become the next state to join the exodus from Common Core. Legislators proposed a bill in the House this week to abandon the program and to create brand new state-level standards. Representatives Matt Huffman and Andrew Thompson called for the repeal, arguing that Common Core is a federal intrusion that stifles local control over education. The hearings for the bill are scheduled to begin on August 12.

FOR MOTIVATION: DeLauro Proposes National Soda tTax

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the SWEET Act to impose a federal excise tax on soda and other sugary drinks. The tax would charge one cent for every teaspoon (4.2 grams) of caloric sweetener, such as sugar or high fructose corn syrup. For an average 20 ounce bottle of soda, the tax would amount to about 16 cents. DeLauro suggests the new revenue be put toward subsidies for fruits and vegetables, SNAP (food stamp) recipients, and anti-soda marketing campaigns. How far should the federal government be allowed to intervene in the realm of public health? To read the bill in full, click here.

FOR FUN: How happy is your city?

Researchers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia sought out to answer whether a person’s location has an impact on his or her well-being. By using individuals’ self-reported life satisfaction for 318 metropolitan areas, they were able to determine the geography of American happiness.Check out this interactive map to find out where your city ranks!

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