What if the solution to Washington… wasn’t in Washington? The 50 states could be America’s secret weapon against an ever-expanding federal government. States can amend the constitution to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington, can request that federal regulation comply with local ordinances, and can form interstate compacts to better protect constitutional rights. The Goldwater Institute is providing a roadmap for states to reassert their power under the Tenth Amendment.
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Washington Should Let Highway Dollars Make a U-turn and Head Home to StatesPosted on June 21, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
The U.S. Congress has been deadlocked for about three years over re-authorizing the federal highway program. During that time, they have passed temporary extensions of the program. The ninth extension expires at the end of this month.
The Independent Payment Advisory Board: PPACA's Anti-Constitutional and Authoritarian Super-LegislaturePosted on June 14, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Diane Cohen
When a member of Congress introduces legislation, the Constitution requires that legislative proposal to secure the approval of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the president (unless Congress overrides a presidential veto) before it can become law. In all cases, either chamber of Congress may block it.
The States' Secret Weapon: Article VPosted on June 05, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
State governments have a powerful—but often overlooked—weapon against the federal government’s overreach. With it, the states could have conceivably blocked passage of the Obama Administration’s healthcare law. That power is found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, and enables states to seek constitutional amendments.
Supreme Court declines Tombstone's emergency water repair requestPosted on June 05, 2012 | Type: Report
Town officials say the repairs are critical to maintaining the supply that keeps the town alive and that would be needed to fight any new wildfires. But they said the U.S. Forest Service has blocked any significant repair work, citing a 1964 law that prohibits heavy equipment on federal lands. Forest Service officials said Tuesday they cannot comment because they are being sued by the town over the issue. In a previous court ruling in the case, however, a federal district judge quoted the service as saying it had “devoted an immense amount of resources and done everything in its power to expeditiously authorize” the repair work. But it said Tombstone had “largely failed to provide the specific information” the government needs to determine whether the proposed work meets all the regulations the service is required to enforce. The water line, originating in the Huachuca Mountains, supplied 50 to 80 percent of the town’s water until it was damaged last year. It is currently supplying only a limited amount of water from three springs, where emergency repairs have been made with PVC pipes and sandbags. Tombstone City Manager George Barnes said he fears those temporary repairs may be washed away in the coming months. “We’re trying to fix things before monsoons take away what little work we did. We could be back to square one a month from now,” Barnes said. The city sued in federal district court last year and sought an injunction to allow the work to proceed while the case is pending. That ended up with the request to the Supreme Court. Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday rejected the request for an injunction, following a similar rejection earlier by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Arizona Burns Amid Obama's Hydraulic DespotismPosted on May 30, 2012 | Type: In the News
It's bad enough when your town has to worry about high mountain forest fires. It's even worse when the scorched earth left behind gives way to monsoon rains that drive mud and boulders smashing into your municipal water pipeline system. And it's much, much worse still when President Obama's Forest Service won't let you repair the damage, ostensibly because that might disturb the wilderness.