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David Guldenschuh: The State of the Balanced Budget Amendment Movement in 2018

November 27, 2017

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.

State legislatures will soon be returning to work in 2018, including 28 states with resolutions on file with Congress calling for new constitutional restrictions on federal spending. David Guldenschuh, a Heartland Institute policy advisor, joins the Daily Podcast to talk about this exciting movement, and what people can do to force Washington, DC to spend within its means. A leader of the nationwide amendment convention movement, Guldenschuh talks about why constitutional reform is necessary, and how it works.

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.
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Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.
jhathaway@heartland.org @JesseinOH
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David Guldenschuh is a leader in the nationwide movement of states to call a convention of states pursuant to Article V of the U.S.
dfg@GuldenschuhLaw.com