It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Federalism in Action’s weekly blog series, Top 3 Local. If you’re new to our site, here’s what it’s all about: each week, we collect three of the nation’s top stories featuring local people, making local decisions. You might call it “federalism in action.” Read on for this week’s Top 3 Local stories. And if you have a story we should feature in next week’s post, send the good news to

FOR MOTIVATION: Indiana Further Entrenches Obamacare
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence – widely considered a stout defender of conservative principle – announced on Tuesday that his state received federal approval to expand Medicaid. While Pence insists that Indiana’s plan is market-driven and consumer-friendly, conservative health policy expert David Davidson calls it the nation’s “worst one yet.”

Writing for The Daily Signal, Nina Owcharenko identifies three main problems with Indiana’s Medicaid plan: 1) It swells the ranks of Hoosiers dependent on Medicaid by 350,000; 2) It requires federal taxpayers to cover 90% of associated costs; and 3) It further entrenches Obamacare on the state level, making it harder to get rid of and start over.

FOR INSPIRATION: Common Core On the Run
Over the last two weeks, we’ve highlighted states that might withdraw from Common Core this year. We now take a look at efforts to repeal Common Core on a federal level. In The Blaze, Logan Albright contends that “federal meddling in education requires a federal fix.” Three new bills, if enacted, would end the federal imposition of Common Core, and return authority to states and localities. Read the full story here.

FOR FUN: School Choice Week 2015 National-School-Choice
National School Choice Week started only four years ago, with 150 events across the fifty states. Since then it has grown exponentially: this past week has already seen more than 10,000 pro-
school choice rallies and events of all sizes. Apparently School Choice Week now even has an “official dance.” The week’s festivities cap off tomorrow. To find an event near you, visit And for a great rundown of the history and significance of the school choice movement, click here.

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