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Happy Friday! It’s time for the latest installment of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series. If this is your first time visiting, each Friday we find 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 won’t miss a thing.

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 edition? E-mail us at FIA@statebudgetsolutions.org.

FOR MOTIVATION: Federal Spending Transparency Site Missing $619 Billion

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that USASpending.gov, a site de

signed to promote greater government transparency, is missing roughly $619 billion dollars. Even worse, the GAO discovered that only two percent to seven percent of spending reported on the site accurately matches federal agency records. The report urged the Office of Management and Budget “to exercise greater oversight of federal agencies reporting spending data.” This lack of transparency and accountability is a further warning to states to reduce their reliance on federal funding.

FOR EXTRA MOTIVATION: The Negative impact of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion plan

This week, Federalism in Action released an exclusive analysis of Indiana’s proposed Medicaid expansion plan by taking a look at the consequences of states accepting more federal funding. In the report, State Budget Solutions CEO and economist Scott Moody showed how increased federal spending in the Hoosier State through Medicaid expansion would dramatically reduce the private sector. In practical terms, this means that household income would drop (up to $3721/household) and jobs would be lost (up to 176,928). Further, it would increase Indiana’s dependence on the federal government, preventing local control and local decision-making.

FOR FUN: Happy National Peach Month

August is National Peach Month, and local communities across peach country are finding ways to celebrate this sweet summer product. This weekend, several Pennsylvania communities will hold their annual peach festivals, such as the one in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, or the local Linvilla Orchard. If your town isn’t celebrating, head to your local farmers’ market and pick up fresh peaches to create these festive recipes that we found here and here.

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