It’s Friday! Before you head out for the weekend, check out our latest installment of the Federalism in Action Top 3 Local blog series. If this is your first time dropping by, here’s a quick overview of how it works: each week we collect 3 of the top stories that highlight 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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FOR MOTIVATION: Medicaid Expansion Will Hurt Tennessee Families
Earlier this week, Federalism in Action released its latest study in a series on the cost of Medicaid expansion, this time focusing on Tennessee. Author J. Scott Moody found that if Tennessee accepted federal funds to expand Medicaid, it would actually cost the state $3.6 billion in personal income loss. This translates to either $1,148 in income loss per household or 67,433 jobs lost in the Volunteer State. Instead of helping the most vulnerable, Medicaid expansion in Tennessee would only hurt the private sector, which improves the economy for everyone. Check out our article in the Daily Caller for more information.
FOR INSPIRATION: Could Tennessee Be the Next Common Core Dropout?
It’s no surprise that states across the country are rethinking the one-size-fits-all approach to education known as Common Core. Tennesseans have responded in loud opposition to the adoption of Common Core in the Volunteer State. In October, Gov. Bill Haslam responded with a comprehensive review of the standards. In only 10 days, the website received over 15,500 comments about the Standards. Despite attempts by some lawmakers in the state to salvage the standards, it appears that the opposition by local residents may be far too great to overcome.
FOR FUN: Celebrate Thanksgiving Locally
As Americans across the nation prepare for one of America’s favorite holidays, many are finding ways to celebrate the holiday locally. In Providence, Rhode Island, residents can purchase wild turkeys for the meal from a local farmer, who started taking reservations as early as Halloween. In New Orleans, Louisiana, a local writer featured a list of Cajun and Creole recipe to add a local flare to the table. And in Richmond, Virginia, local chefs provide a glimpse into their favorite dishes.
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