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Resolution Would Put State's Support Behind Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

Resolution Would Put State's Support Behind Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

A state Senate committee is considering a resolution which would have Michigan throw its support behind a balanced-budget amendment to the US Constitution.

Eric Lupher with the Citizens Research Council told WOOD Radio Senate Resolution V asks for Congress to convene a meeting on the proposed amendment.

"Representatives from every state would wrangle with proper wording over the amendment and try to come to an agreement amongst themselves about what it should say and how it should be implemented."

If two thirds of the states pass similar resolutions, Congress has to call a convention on the proposed amendment.  Nineteen states already have done so.

If a convention comes up with a draft amendment, the proposal would then go before states.  Either state legislatures or a convention in each state would consider the draft, and if three quarters of the states approve the proposed amendment, it is ratified.

Lupher said a great deal of the federal budget is given to states, so there's a possibility that cutting a budget to balance it might mean less money for states.

 

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