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Constitutional Amendments Should be For Principles – Not Policy

For many, it may not matter how policy is established; either in state statutes through the law making process or through a constitutional amendment. But it should matter, and here’s why: When legislation passes through the law making process, our representatives have a chance to vet it – statutes also come with a price tag so we know how much the statute will cost tax payers and how it will be funded. On the other hand, a constitutional amendment has no hearings, debates or any other form of public discussion, it also has no fiscal oversight that can tell us the cost or how something is going to get funded and if a bad constitutional amendment passes, any adjustments must be sent out to all the voters in the state and we must vote on it until we get it right.

Constitutions should be small documents reserved for the principles of government and governing – let’s leave policy where it belongs – in the statutes. When election time comes and you see a constitutional amendment on your ballot be careful about voting yes.

Paul Curtman is a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, an author, conference speaker, and statesman. For nearly 20 years, Paul has helped lead and develop leaders in the United States military, public service sectors, and business. Paul is a strong advocate for personal and economic freedom as well as the strength and integrity of the free market system. He is a Fellow at Club for Growth in Washington D.C. and currently lives in Missouri with his wife, Ruth, and their four children.

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