WI Balanced Budget Resolution STALLS

Author: Bill G. Smith Date: March 19, 2014

Assembly Joint Resolution 81, introduced by Representative Chris Kapenga (Delafield), and Senator Paul Farrow (Pewaukee), has been adopted by the Assembly (58-38), but a vote has not been scheduled in the State Senate.  Historically, small business owners have always supported a balanced federal budget.  Surveys by NFIB’s membership show an overwhelming 90% support for a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. 


Assembly Joint Resolution 81 would authorize the states to convene a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution to require the Federal government to operate under a balanced budget.


NFIB’s State Director, Bill G. Smith, told members of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Public Works and Telecommunications that small business owners are frustrated and concerned with the dramatic growth in the federal deficit, the inability of the Congress to find some resolution, the erosion of confidence and respect in America’s economy, and the threat of economic uncertainty that clouds our future.


Smith testified, “Small business owners are frustrated with the failure of the federal government to address basic budgeting principles that small business owners must adhere to every day.”


NFIB members are encouraged to contact State Senators to request a vote to support adoption of Assembly Joint Resolution 81.

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