COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich urged the General Assembly today to press for a convention to approve a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In a news release this morning, the governor expressed frustration that government in Washington had not addressed budgetary issues and the federal debt.
“We balance our budget in Ohio every year as does almost every other state in the nation,” Kasich said in a news release. “It’s not always easy and some states do it better than others, but in Ohio we get it done because it’s the right way to manage taxpayers’ money and it helps create a jobs-friendly climate.
“The federal government just doesn’t get it and its inability to manage the American taxpayers’ money is inexcusable.”
Kasich, a former member of Congress, played a key role in the drafting of the last balanced federal budgets, which were approved during the Clinton administration.
In public appearances, when talking about fiscal responsibility, Kasich often points proudly to that accomplishment.
“The states should call for a constitutional convention where a balanced budget amendment can be approved and sent to the states for ratification,” Kasich said in his statement. “Hopefully, however, Congress will pass an amendment itself before it gets that far. In the meantime, I’m going to work with the General Assembly to put Ohio behind this effort.”
It takes 34 states to call for a convention to be held and 38 states to ratify a constitutional amendment. Approximately 20 states have resolutions outstanding calling for constitutional conventions for the purpose of enacting a balanced budget amendment, the administration said today.
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