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Wisconsin State Legislators: "We need a Convention of States to solve the federal budget crisis"

Published in Blog on October 04, 2019 by Convention Of States

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The following was written by Wisconsin Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Dan Knodl. It was originally published on

A few days ago, the federal deficit hit $1 trillion.

That’s right, the United States spent $1,000,000,000,000 more than we could afford in this fiscal year alone. 

Wisconsin families know that is not sustainable. We don’t rack up credit cards to the max, add tens of thousands in car loans, a hefty mortgage we can’t afford, and then expect our grandchildren to pay it all back. At some point, creditors come calling.

But in the swamp of DC, it’s just business as usual. The federal debt has reached more than $22.5 trillion, which amounts to about $183,000 per taxpayer. Meanwhile, there is no sign that Washington politicians are anywhere close to solving this problem. They just kick the can down the road.

Our children and grandchildren deserve better.

When we sit down to craft the Wisconsin state budget every two years, one of the requirements we have from the people of Wisconsin is that our budget must be balanced. Why? Because it’s in our state Constitution. 

So, it has become necessary that we at the state level take action. In Article V of the United States Constitution, our nation’s founding fathers created a process for us to assert our role when the powers of the federal government have grown too reckless and need to be reined in. 

Our founders knew the power of government should come from the consent of the governed. That’s why they allowed for a Convention of States to amend our Constitution. They knew that the states might need to reclaim power from the federal government.

We authored a proposal in the Wisconsin legislature that would do just that. The Convention of States resolution that’s before the legislature would curb the federal government’s ability to spend recklessly, impose term limits on politicians who seem to get too comfortable on Capitol Hill, and reassert our 10th Amendment states’ rights.

Taxpayers deserve to know that the people representing them face the same struggles they do – that they’re true citizen legislators. Adding term limits to our Constitution removes incentives for career politicians to become part of the DC swamp, and instead focus their attention on solutions to the problems we sent them there to fix – like our overspending.  

Big and bold doesn’t happen in Washington. But in Wisconsin, we’ve proven that we can lead the way and stand up to powerful special interests. That leadership and grit is needed once again.

It’s time for Wisconsin to step up and rein in the out-of-control powers of DC by joining the Convention of States movement.

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Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of Article V Convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here:

I ask that you support the Convention of States Project and consider becoming a co-sponsor of the resolution. Please respond to my request by informing the national COS team of your position, or sending them any questions you may have: or (540) 441-7227.

Thank you so much for your service to the people of our district.

Respectfully, [Your Name]

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