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Happy Friday! It’s now 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 FIA@StateBudgetSolutions.org.

FOR MOTIVATION: Modern-Day Sagebrush Rebellion 
Did you know the federal government owns more than 80% of all land in the State of Nevada? In Alaska, nearly 70% of land is federally-owned. In all, the feds own roughly half the land across the American West – in contrast to a mere 5% east of Colorado.

Utah State Representative Ken Ivory says it is finally time for western states to reclaim their land. He draws inspiration from the history of Illinois, which for much of the 19th century was 95% federally-owned. To learn more about Illinois’ famous “Sagebrush Rebellion,” and its descendants in today’s West, click here.

FOR INSPIRATION: Tennessee Rejects Medicaid Expansion
In a sweet victory for Tennessee families, a Senate panel shot down Gov. Bill Haslam’s bid to enlarge the state’s Medicaid program under Obamacare. Tennesseans really dodged a bullet: As we’ve noted here, the plan would have cost state residents $1,448 per household in the form of lower income, or 67,433 in jobs lost.

FOR FUN: Tip-Up Festival Season
Around the Great Lakes region, small towns are holding their annual “tip-up” festivals, named after a popular ice-fishing method. In Reading, Michigan, locals were undeterred by last weekend’s blizzard, and came out in droves. In addition to ice-fishing contests, there was a homemade pie competition. This year marked the first time a male competitor’s pie received top honors. Gregory Green’s winning tropical fruit pie netted $100 in the charity auction that followed.

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