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FOR MOTIVATION: Federalism Missing from Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

Gov. Mike Pence has historically opposed measures that increase the federal government’s role in states and communities; however, his recent proposal in Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 signals a significant departure from that policy stance. According to our new study, HIP 2.0 will have significant long-term consequences for the Hoosier State, including a downshifting of the private sector economy and the loss of local control. Learn more in J. Scott Moody’s op-ed in The Federalist here.

FOR INSPIRATION: Common Core Losing Support from Teachers

Common Core has had a rough year and an even more troubled summer. More states are dropping out or considering measures to get rid of the Common Core Standards from their curriculums because of its flawed one-size-fits-all approach to education. A new Huffington Post poll shows that Common Core is also losing support among a very important constituent group—teachers. Support among teachers dropped from 76 percent to 46 percent from 2013 to 2014, signaling more serious concerns for the future of the standards.

FOR FUN: Detroit Coney Contest

Summer is almost over, but in Detroit, there’s still plenty of summer fun to go around. Next Thursday, August 28, the city will host its fourth annual “American Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Challenge.” Proceeds for the contest will go to support the local Detroit community—including the Detroit City Police and neighborhood charities. To learn more about this fun local tradition, click here.

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