That Pesky 17th Amendment
Some state budget stabilization funds wound up on the stimulus cutting room floor yesterday. Matthew Yglesias wonders why seemingly strong political constituencies like state-level politicians ...
Some state budget stabilization funds wound up on the stimulus cutting room floor yesterday. Matthew Yglesias wonders why seemingly strong political constituencies like state-level politicians and state employees were left out in the cold.
Tyler Cowen has the answer. In short, voters will blame governors, not U.S. senators, for state fiscal problems.
Governors and state legislators might have a bit more clout at the federal level if it weren't for that darn 17th Amendment. It's been suggested that the 17th Amendment contributed to the expansion of the federal government; which makes it all the more painfully ironic that states get a bit of short shrift in this biggest expansion of them all.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Trump Criticizes High-Ranking Republican Gov. Susana Martinez3 hours ago
Court: Ohio Restricted Voting to Point of Violating Constitution2 hours ago
As Gas Shortages Loom, Energy Emergency Declared in a Second State6 hours ago
Portland Tried to Change How It Teaches Climate Change -- and a Firestorm Erupted7 hours ago
Ferguson Loses Another City Official9 hours ago
Conspiracy Theorist Loses Race for Influential Education Gig9 hours ago