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FOR INSPIRATION: Gov. Pence Says “No Thanks” to Federal Dollars

Yesterday, news reports from Indiana revealed that Governor Mike Pence would not apply for a federal education grant for preschool funding. This grant would have likely amounted to $80 million in federal dollars, but it also would have brought unnecessary federal overreach and restrictions into the Hoosier State. Gov. Pence’s office released this statement to explain his decision: “When it comes to early childhood education, I believe Indiana must develop our own pre-K program for disadvantaged children without federal intrusion.”

FOR MOTIVATION: More Broken Promises from Obamacare

Obamacare continues to deliver more broken promises to Americans. This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated its projections for Obamacare’s impact on the federal deficit. CBO initially predicted that the federal healthcare law would reduce the deficit by over $109 billion over 10 years, but the latest numbers now show that Obamacare will increase the deficit by at least $131 billion over a decade. These broken promises are inevitable with a one-size-fits-all healthcare law.

FOR FUN: Utah Considers Keeping Clocks Standard

Two Utah lawmakers are proposing a move for the Beehive State to become the third state to drop daylight savings time. According to recent polling, there is widespread support for the switch and the proponents feel confident that this warrants a statewide conversation. This discussion is a great example of states having the freedom to make decisions that are best for their states and residents.

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