David Guldenschuh: The State of the Balanced Budget Amendment Movement in 2018
State legislatures will soon be returning to work in 2018, David Guldenschuh says, including 28 states with resolutions on file with Congress calling for new constitutional restrictions on federal spending.
In September, Guldenschuh says, delegates met at the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) Planning Convention hosted by the Arizona State Legislature, to set ground rules for a possible future amendment convention. Guldenschuh explains what happened at that convention, and what lawmakers are doing to keep the movement rolling.
According to Guldenschuh, using constitutional procedures to propose an amendment from the ground up, instead of from Congress down, will inspire a rebirth of federalism in the United States. It's an exciting time for the balanced-budget amendment movement, he says, because 28 out of the 34 states needed to trigger the convention have filed resolutions.