LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a joint resolution petitioning Congress to call a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“Sadly, due to Washington’s inability to control its appetite for spending, the time has come for the states to exercise their right under the Constitution to demand accountability,” said Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution.
Through Senate Joint Resolution V, Michigan joins nineteen other states in the process outlined under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which specifies that upon application of 2/3 of the states, Congress shall call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. A total of 34 states are needed for the resolution to become binding on Congress.
“While it requires that difficult decisions be made, the State of Michigan operates under a constitutionally required balanced budget and it’s served us well. So if it’s good enough for Michigan, why not Washington?” Nofs said.
Currently, the national debt is $54,000 per person, or $16.7 trillion total, and just under $150,000 per taxpayer. By 2017, the federal debt is estimated to surpass $22 trillion.
SJR V now heads to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.