Top 3 Local: #NeverForget

On September 12, 2014


Happy Friday! It’s the end of another week which also means it’s time for a new installment Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local. If this is your first time visiting, every Friday we collect 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 won’t ever miss a thing.

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IN MEMORY: Never Forget

On September 11, 2011—13 years ago yesterday—thousands of Americans lost their lives in terrorist attacks on American soil. Even as time passes, Americans have not forgotten, and local memorials around the nation took place to commemorate this solemn day. In New York City, family members of the victims assembled at the National September 11 Memorial for an annual ceremony. In Boston, the mayor laid a wreath at the Public Garden memorial and then the names of all Massachusetts victims were read.

FOR MOTIVATION: Medicaid Expansion Is the Wrong Prescription for Utah

Federalism in Action released our second Medicaid expansion study earlier this week; this time we take an exclusive look at the state of Utah’s proposed Healthy Utah Plan. Authored by State Budget Solutions CEO and Chief Economist Scott Moody, the report showed how increased federal spending in Utah from Medicaid expansion would cause a significant downshift in the private sector. In practical terms this means that household income would fall (up to $805/household) and jobs would be lost (up to 14,125). Worse, it would also threaten to undo the good work Utah has done over the last three years to reduce dependence on the federal government.

FOR INSPIRATION: Connecticut Superintendent Criticizes a Nationalized Approach to Education

This week, the superintendent of Madison Public Schools in Connecticut, Thomas Scarice, posted an explanation that appeared in the Washington Post detailing why he finds the Common Core State Standards so problematic. As an educator, he writes that he is concerned that the standards could negatively influence academic performance in his state. In particular, he challenges the notion that Common Core Standards are really state led and calls for a more localized approach to education. Read the full story here.

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