From: Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Conference Call: Ohio Moves Forward with BBA Application- Updates Wisconsin, Michigan, and Oklahoma Campaigns- Friday, September 5, 2013 at 4:00 EST
Date: Thu Sep 05 14:40:24 MDT 2013
Balanced Budget Amendment 17 State Campaign - Focus on Ohio

Dear Honorable Dean Sanpei,  


You are invited to participate in the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force's weekly conference call to move forward the campaign to reach the necessary 34 state applications requesting a Convention for Proposing Amendments to solely consider a Balanced Budget Amendment.


We have assembled the nation's best experts on the history of Article V and the Balanced Budget Amendment. We hope you will join the campaign!


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Conference Call Agenda


4:00 - 4:05 Self Introductions


4:06 - 4:15 Rep. Matt Huffman's Press Conference Announcing BBA Application and Next Steps


4:15 - 4:30 Discuss Wisconsin and Michigan BBA Applications


4:30 - 4:40 Update Oklahoma: Eagle/Birch Activities During Special Session


4:40 - 4:55 Updates from the BBA Task Force and Coalition Members


4:56 - 5:00 New Business



In Liberty,


Scott Rogers

Executive Director


Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

P.O. Box 1261

Leesburg, Virginia 20175




Press Conference, Legislative : House Majority Balanced Budget Amendment Press Conference

Onullhio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman (R-Lima) discusses a House resolution encouraging Congress to convene a Balanced Budget Amendment Convention , pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution.

With Rep. Huffman are Mark Guyer, co-founder of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force , Rep. Jim Buchy, Rep. Mike Duffey, and Rep. Gary Scherer.


To view the archived press conference, please click here.


Ohio legislators to pursue U.S. balanced-budget amendment application                            

The Columbus Dispatch

September 5, 2013

By Jim Siegel


Ohio House Republicans have joined Gov. John Kasich in calling for a national constitutional convention to enact a federal balanced-budget amendment.

 Gov Kasich

About half of the 34 states needed to convene a constitutional convention have passed the request, and Rep. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, thinks Ohio will join them this year.


"It's like the state legislatures need to put their hand on the shoulder of their friend the national government and say, 'You've got a problem, and I need to solve your problem for you,' because they can't do it," Huffman said. "The way the federal government is set up, the way decisions are made, it simply is not going to be solved."


With the nation's ever-growing national debt at about $17.2 trillion, Huffman called it the " critical social and economic issue of our time."

Huffman is working with the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, a coalition pushing the same resolution in states across the country. Co-founder Mark Guyer said he expects Michigan and Wisconsin to take up the issue after Ohio.


If a constitutional convention is created and approves a balanced-budget amendment, passage by 38 states would be required to ratify it.

Last year, the federal government sent $18.4 billion to Ohio - money that probably would take a hit if Congress balanced the federal budget.


Dale Butland of Innovation Ohio, a liberal Columbus-based advocacy group, called the balanced-budget idea political pandering and "economic dynamite" that would turn the next national recession into a depression. If such a law had been in place during the Great Recession a few years ago, Butland said, there would have been no stimulus package and no automaker rescue - causing the loss of another million jobs.


"If everybody pulls back on spending in an economic downturn, it's a steadily downward spiral," he said. "The time for government to spend is in the down cycle."


However, the proposal could draw some bipartisan support. Rep. Mike Curtin, D-Marble Cliff, said he is likely to back a balanced-budget amendment as long as he's assured the constitutional convention could not branch out into other topics.


The problem, Curtin said, is that elected leaders argue in good times that taxes shouldn't be raised because that could slow the growth. But when times are bad, leaders don't want to raise taxes or make budget cuts that can make the economy even worse.


"I don't think it ever will get done without a hammer that forces the issue," he said. "It's a necessary castor oil that the country needs."

Curtin said that if an amendment is enacted, he has "no doubt" that balancing the budget would require both higher taxes and cuts "because the political will is not there to decimate the entitlement programs."

Seventy Four Percent of Americans Support the Goal of Ohio's Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution H.J.R.7                             

LEESBURG, Va.,Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thomas Jefferson said, "To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."  We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, join with 74% of Americans who support the addition of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and ask that Ohio Legislators approve H.J.R. 7. 


The U.S. federal government has run up a debt of over17 trillion dollars, largely to underwrite past and present consumption using resources that should belong to future Americans.  That debt continues to grow.  Congress has shown itself unable or unwilling to operate within its means.  Never before in the history of this country has one generation left the next generation in such a precarious fiscal situation.


Ohio State RepresentativeMatt Huffman and over 30 of his colleagues have filed a proposed Resolution (H.J.R. 7) that calls for a convention of states wherein a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution can be proposed. Ohio's Governor John Kasich has announced his support for this legislation to rein in runaway Congressional spending ... and we wantOhio's legislators to know that we too support their efforts.


If the General Assembly enacts H.J.R. No. 7,Ohio will be the 18th state to adopt such a resolution out of the 34 necessary for a convention of states to assemble and propose a balanced budget amendment.  Once proposed, 38 of the 50 states will have to ratify the amendment before it becomes a constitutional mandate.


Former PresidentRonald Reagan said, "I'm one of those Americans who has always believed a constitutional amendment mandating that Congress balance the budget is the answer to what ails us ..." We believe Reagan's words ring even truer now than when he first spoke them and we welcome the Ohio General Assembly's timely leadership in bringing us closer to that fiscally responsible amendment.


The Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition whose mission is to educate state legislators on their Constitutional power to propose and ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that aims to quadruple family income and pay off the nation's debt within four generations.


To let your Ohio legislator hear your voice in support of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment Application (H.J.R. 7), sign the petition at


Organizations and individuals in support ofOhio's HJR 7 Balanced Budget Amendment Application:


David Biddulph, Co-founder, Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union

Dr. Alan Parks, Founder, Americans for a Balanced Budget Amendment

Lewis K. Uhler, President, National Tax Limitation Committee

Tim Kane, Chief Economist,Hudson Institute

Louis Marin, Co-Founder & CEO, I Am

Mark Guyer, Ohio Chairman, Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

Stu MacPhail, Co-founder, Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

Dave Ottke, Executive Director, Colorado Term Limits Coalition

Dennis Polhill, Chairman of the Board, Colorado At Its Best

State Representative,Yvette Herrell (NM), Co-founder, BBATF

Bill Fruth, Co-founder, Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

State Senator Bill Cowsert (GA), Georgia BBA Sponsor

State Senator Kevin Lundberg, Colorado Legislature

Loren Enns, Vice President, I Am

Dr. Barry Poulson, Ret. Professor of Economics and Co-founder, BBATF

Scott Rogers, Executive Director, BBATF

In This Issue
OHIO House Majority Balanced Budget Amendment Press Conference
Ohio Legislators to Pursue U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment Application
74% of Americans Support the of Ohio's Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution


We Demand a Balanced Budget


Citizens Against Government Waste


Families for America


National Tax-Limitation Committee


I Am American

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