Our Nation's Future Depends On Balanced Budgets In Washington
By Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville)
November 06, 2013
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The Ohio Constitution requires that the state’s budget is balanced. It is apparent to most Americans that this is not the case at the federal level, where our debt has ballooned to a massive $17 trillion.

My background is not in government. I am a relatively new member to the Ohio House and to public service in general. But I do have a lot of experience in business, specifically accounting. The simple fact of the matter is that a business or family can maybe get away with deficit spending for a year or two. This is by no means the case for every family or business, nor is it encouraged or even rational. But unfortunately this has become a routine in Washington.

I recently cosponsored a state resolution that urges the adoption of a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Of course, approving an amendment is not an easy process, nor should it be. Our Founders provided two ways by which the Constitution can be amended. In this circumstance, 34 states would have to pass resolutions similar to what was introduced in Ohio. From there, a constitutional convention would be held, with delegates from each state meeting and agreeing on the amendment’s language. Once agreed upon, three-fourths of the states would have to ratify the amendment for it to become official.

As you can see, a lot of pieces need to fall into place before it is even considered. But the good news is that this effort has been ongoing for some time now. As of last month, 17 states have already passed such resolutions. Ohio will hopefully soon join that list.

The reason I signed on as a cosponsor was for my grandkids. It worries me greatly about the future we are creating for our young generations. The routine of deficits and reckless spending in Washington has to stop, and if the federal government shows no signs of getting its budgets in order, then the states need to do what they can to solve the problem.

This process is still in the early stages and, while I will not guarantee its eventual success, I do believe it is an effort worth pursuing to protect our nation’s future.

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