Top 3 Local: CPAC Edition

On February 27, 2015

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another edition of Top 3 Local. For those of you who are new to our site, here’s the drill: every Friday, we select three 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: All States Created Equal?
Writing for, Ken Ivory observes that, in contrast to most western states, North Dakota has the freedom to control its own land. West of North Dakota, the federal government still retains ownership of more than half the land. Ivory asks why this disparity exists, and discusses how transferring more federal land to western states is a win-win proposition for the economy and the environment. Read the full commentary here.

FOR INSPIRATION: State-Led Tax Revolts CPAC 2015
Lucky taxpayers in fourteen states are keeping more of their hard-earned dollars in 2015, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax Cut Roundup. The luckiest taxpayers of all are those in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, where average tax bills stand to fall by nearly $700 this year.

Will more states cut taxes in the year to come? If you’re at CPAC, don’t miss State Budget Solutions’ CEO J. Scott Moody today at 2:10 p.m. in the “Chesapeake A” breakout room. Moody, along with fellow panelists Patrick Gleason and Holly Robichaud, will discuss “Tax Rebellion: How States Are Leading the Way.”

FOR FUN: Snow for Sale
We are pleased to report that entrepreneurship is alive and well. One snowed-in Bay Stater saw opportunity in the five feet of cold white stuff piled up in his yard. Kyle Waring of Manchester-by-the-Sea is offering snow delivery to residents of warmer locales nationwide. It costs only $89 for six pounds or $119 for ten. Order yours at

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