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Senate backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

JACKSON — State senators want to sign Mississippi onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention that would force the federal government to balance its budget and require states’ permission to increase the national debt.

The Senate voted 30-18 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2389, seeking a convention. The measure moves to the House for more debate.

The plan, promoted by conservative groups, seeks three-fourths of states to call such a convention. It seeks to limit the conclave to only a vote on the balanced budget proposal written in the law.

Proponents say stopping deficits and the federal debt is the nation’s most urgent problem. Opponents say the plan is poorly conceived. They note Mississippi depends on federal subsidies and question special provisions allowing a sales tax to replace federal income taxes.



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