Michigan Senate to vote on balanced budget amendment bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan could become the fifth state to approve identical legislation calling for a constitutional convention to pass a federal balanced budget amendment.

The state Senate plans a vote Thursday on joining the Compact for America. It’s an effort backed by conservative lawmakers and is among three different proposals seeking a constitutional convention circulating in statehouses.

Republican Sen. Mike Green’s bill calls for a national convention on a balanced budget amendment when at least three-fourths, or 38, states become members of the compact.

Forty-nine states have a legal requirement for a balanced budget, but Congress doesn’t. The proposed amendment would restrict debt and let Congress increase debt only with approval from state legislatures.

The Michigan Legislature last year passed a separate petition for a convention on a balanced federal budget.

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