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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Constitutional Support for the Anti-Stimulus Governors

A report issued today by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), “concludes that it likely would be unconstitutional for a legislature to supplant a governor in accepting and using economic stimulus money.”

The report contends that a provision in the legislation designed to allow state legislators to go around the objections of their Governors in order to accept stimulus monies is a violation of the Tenth Amendment. Simply put, the federal government does not have the authority to create loopholes in state constitutions.

STEWARD is working to obtain a copy of the report. Check back soon for further analysis.

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