Small Business Challenges in 2016
National Federation of Independent Business is backing action by Michigan and
other states to pass resolutions that would force Congress to call a convention
to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States to require a
balanced federal budget. The resolutions are part of a nationwide effort to use
the Article V process outlined in the U.S. Constitution to move Congress toward
adopting a Balanced Budget Amendment. The process requires 34 state
legislatures to adopt similar resolutions that would call for a convention to
propose a balanced budget amendment.
Senate Joint Resolution V, sponsored by Senator Mike Green (R-31) was passed by the Senate and sent over to the House. The Resolution passed the full House on March 20, 2014. It went back to the full Senate for concurrence and was passed on March 26th, 2014 making Michigan the 23rd state to pass a call for a convention of states to require a federal balanced budget.
At the end of 2015 we have 27 of the 34 state applications required to call an Article V Convention for the limited purpose of proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment. There are legislative sponsors in 13 additional states, which put us within striking range of 34 states.
Next year we will be targeting 13 states with an emphasis on ID, OK, SC, VA, WI, and WV & WY. The goal is to reach 34 states by July 4th, 2016.
long supported Congressional action to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, but we
are stepping up our game by standing behind the state’s efforts through the
Article V process as well. As of now, NFIB is the only
business group in Lansing and DC supporting this Article V effort
business owners are fed up with the federal government’s failure to address the
basic budgeting that every citizen and small business must adhere to in their
daily activities. NFIB believes it is time for the states and citizens to use
the powers provided by the founding fathers in our Constitution to put an end to
this irresponsible behavior.