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Balancing Acts

Balancing Acts - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0870783944

Cover of Balancing Acts 96 (ISBN 978-0870783944)
ISBN13: 978-0870783944
ISBN10: 0870783947
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Twentieth Century Fund Press
Published: 1996
International: No

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Balancing Acts - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0870783944

Richard Briffault

ISBN13: 978-0870783944
ISBN10: 0870783947
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Twentieth Century Fund Press

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

During the past two decades, the federal budget deficit has been a major focus of public concern. Many officials, commentators, and ordinary citizens have urged that the U.S. Constitution be amended to mandate a balanced budget, frequently citing the experience of states with such requirements.

Richard Briffault analyzes the states' experience with balanced budget requirements and extrapolates lessons for a federal amendment. His focus is not on the wisdom of cutting the federal budget deficit, but rather on the role and effectiveness of these requirements in achieving budgetary balance. Briffault finds that, while the fiscal limitations on state governments do have consequences, their impact on the structure, function, and performance of states is not what federal balanced budget amendment advocates anticipate or desire. Many state budgets are balanced on paper only, and others are balanced because of political and fiscal constraints having little to do with constitutional or statutory provisions mandating a balanced budget.

Author Bio

Briffault, Richard : Columbia University in the City of New York

Richard Briffault is a professor of law and director of the Legislative Drafting Research Fund at Columbia University School of Law.

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