Balance Budget Movement has Win in Michigan

By USDR

Today the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF), the national organization which coordinates policy ideas with state-level leaders, applauded Speaker Jase Bolger and the Michigan State House for passing a balanced budget amendment.  State-level leaders from across America are joining this effort to Demand Balance Now at www.DemandBalanceNow.com.”Michigan families know that to balance household budgets you don’t spend more than you have.   Today’s action by Jase Bolger and the leadership of the Michigan State house follows a national trend to Demand Balance Now to immediately halt the ballooning $17 trillion debt from Obama’s Washington that will cripple our economy for years to come,” said SGLF Executive Director Matt Walter.  “Make no mistake; our national debt is an immediate threat to our country and our children. It’s time to take back control of our national bank account and Demand Balance Now!”

Walter noted that in addition to Speaker Jase Bolger, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, and Senate President Pro Tempore Tonya Schuitmaker have also joined the Demand Balance Now initiative.  This action by the House must now be concurred upon in the Senate.  When this happens, Michigan will become the 23rdstate passing a balanced budget amendment, coming on the heels of Tennessee and Georgia becoming the 21st and 22nd states.

Following a groundswell of support by citizens demanding an accountable federal government, SGLF is spearheading the national effort to support states as they work to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment through a limited Article V Convention.  Twenty-two states have now passed legislation calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment that would be passed through a state-led constitutional convention. In addition to the 22 states which have passed this legislation, several other states have passed such legislation in one of their legislative chambers during their current legislative sessions. Thirty-four states are needed to tip the balance of power back to the states by calling for a convention of states.

Supporting SGLF’s citizen pledge to Demand Balance Now are elected leaders who support this call for a Balanced Budget Amendment including:
Alabama
Kay Ivey, Lieutenant Governor
Alaska 
Mead Treadwell, Lieutenant Governor
Arizona 
Andy Tobin, Speaker of the House
Arkansas
Michael Lamoureux, Senate President Pro Tempore
California 
Connie Conway, Assembly Republican Leader
Colorado
Bill Cadman, Senate Republican Leader
Brian Del Grosso, House Republican Leader
Delaware 
Gary Simpson, Senate Republican Leader
Florida
Lizbeth Benacquisto, Senate Majority Leader
Georgia 
Casey Cagle, Lieutenant Governor
Brian Kemp, Secretary of State
David Shafer, Senate President
David Ralston, Speaker of the House
Illinois 
Jim Durkin, House Republican Leader
Indiana 
Sue Ellspermann, Lieutenant Governor
Brandt Hershman, Senate Majority Floor Leader
Brian Bosma, Speaker of the House
Eric Turner, Speaker Pro Tem of the House
Tim Brown, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
Iowa
Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor
Linda Upmeyer, House Majority Leader
Kansas 
Jeff Colyer, Lieutenant Governor
Kris Kobach, Secretary of State
Kentucky 
Robert Stivers, Senate President
Jeff Hoover, Republican Floor Leader
Louisiana 
Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor
Michigan 
Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor
Tonya Schuitmaker, Senate President Pro Tempore
Jase Bolger, Speaker of the House
Mississippi 
Tate Reeves, Lieutenant Governor
Delbert Hosemann, Secretary of State
Missouri 
Peter Kinder, Lieutenant Governor
Tim Jones, Speaker of the House
Nevada 
Pat Hickey, Assembly Republican Leader
New Mexico 
John Sanchez, Lieutenant Governor
Nate Gentry, House Republican Whip
Ohio
Mary Taylor, Lieutenant Governor
Jon Husted, Secretary of State
Oregon
Ted Ferrioli, Senate Republican Leader
Pennsylvania 
Jim Cawley, Lieutenant Governor
Sam Smith, Speaker of the House
South Carolina
Mark Hammond, Secretary Of State
South Dakota
Jason Grant, Secretary of State
Tennessee 
Ron Ramsey, Lieutenant Governor
Beth Harwell, Speaker of the House
Utah
Becky Lockhart, Speaker of the House
Washington 
Mark Schoesler, Senate Republican Leader
Wisconsin 
Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Majority Leader
Robin Vos, Speaker of the House
Wyoming 

Tom Lubnau, Speaker of the House

The pledge states:
We the undersigned have long observed the federal government accumulate a debt, now totaling over 17 trillion dollars, which is an immediate threat to our children’s future and is crippling our nation’s fiscal trajectory. We the undersigned have lost faith in the federal government’s ability to responsibly manage and control its own budget and spending. Therefore, for the sake of our children and our country’s future, we the undersigned pledge our support and hereby call for a state-led Article V Constitutional Convention convened for the limited purpose of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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