constitution http://michiganradio.org en Will a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution cure our national debt? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-balanced-budget-amendment-constitution-cure-our-national-debt <p>Michigan could soon join about 20 states that are formally calling for a national convention to draft a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.</p><p>Michigan itself has a balanced budget requirement, but not so for the federal government.</p><p>This idea of a balanced budget amendment has really taken off in the past few years as the nation’s debt has increased.</p><p>Charles Ballad is an economist with Michigan State University, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 16962 at http://michiganradio.org Will a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution cure our national debt? Commentary: Constitutional confusion http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-constitutional-confusion <p>Political scientists generally agree that the United States Constitution is one of the most amazing documents in history.</p><p>It was written 225 years ago, to provide a framework for the government of a small, not very wealthy agricultural nation of less than four million people.</p><p>Today, it still seems to function brilliantly as the fundamental document of a highly technological empire of more than 300-million people. Why does it still work so well?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:00:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9326 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Constitutional confusion Judge says Michigan's panhandling law violates the Constitution http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-says-michigans-panhandling-law-violates-constitution <p>A federal judge in Grand Rapids says a Michigan law that bans panhandling in public places "on its face" violates the First Amendment.... and the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.<br><br>The judge made the ruling Friday in a civil suit by two Grand Rapids men arrested last year for begging.<br><br>The men were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.<br><br>A Grand Rapids City Attorney says her office will analyze the judge's opinion before deciding whether to appeal. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:19:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8847 at http://michiganradio.org Detained indefinitely without a trial? Michigan's Amash says "no" http://michiganradio.org/post/detained-indefinitely-without-trial-michigans-amash-says-no <p>Freshman Republican Congressman Justin Amash opposes a bill that would give the federal government the power to detain American citizens indefinitely, if suspected of terrorist activities.</p><p>&quot;The federal government could come to someone&rsquo;s house, pull the person out of the house and the family could ask, &#39;why are you taking my husband away?&#39; and the federal government can simply say, &#39;we don&rsquo;t have to tell you, he&rsquo;s suspected of terrorism,&#39;&quot; he said in an interview with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:25:55 +0000 Zoe Clark, Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 5374 at http://michiganradio.org Detained indefinitely without a trial? Michigan's Amash says "no" Michigan has no death penalty - he's a big reason why http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-no-death-penalty-hes-big-reason-why <p>Eugene G. Wanger was a 28 year-old attorney when he became a delegate for <a href="http://bentley.umich.edu/research/guides/politics/conventions.php#1961">Michigan's Constitutional Convention</a> in 1961. The republican was a strong opponent of the death penalty and authored the section in today's state constitution that bans the practice.</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:47:05 +0000 Mark Brush 403 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan has no death penalty - he's a big reason why