Who’s calling the shots in state politics?

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Ohio lawmakers have passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.   Republican Gov. John Kasich, also a presidential candidate, strongly endorses the idea and has made the issue one of his central campaign themes.

Ohio is one of 27 states that have called for an amendment, and the country is nearing the point at which a constitutional convention could be called to consider it. But who’s behind the national push to balance the budget?

The Center for Public Integrity, a national, non-profit investigative news organization, has analyzed the money behind the initiative, and who’s really backing the bills. National conservative groups – not organizations within individual states – are leading the charge, lobbying heavily and writing model legislation to try to get more states on board.

Read the story at: http://tinyurl.com/h8aczrp

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