AS SEEN ON TWITTER: Lawmakers Split On Convention

— Rep. Jay Morris (@JayJaymorris3): Beware of a new constitution. All those pushing for it are aiming at the middle class. Noticeably no one pushing for it is saying what a new constitution should contain. That should be the first warning sign...As my friend Senator Bob Kostelka used to say..the answer is money...now what is your question?  This constitutional convention is totally about $ and who will pay it and partly who will get it. And those who are pushing 4 it are going make the middle class pay for it.

— Rep. Patricia Smith (@smithpath): Guess what jay I agree with you on this one. There are too many unknowns in these proposals

Morris: Stranger things have happened Pat!

— Rep. Julie Emerson (@JulieEmerson): You know I love ya and agree with you on many things, but I just don’t know that I see a constructive way forward without this to reform tax code and budget dedications.

Morris: Hey Julie. Love ya too!  But what would you change about the constitution?  What would you keep and what would you eliminate. I might be interested if anyone could point to what they want

— Sen. Conrad Appel (@ConradAppel): A partial constitutional convention aimed at fiscal issues only assures that we will lock in all the bad structures of state gov't for generations to come. We need to be led out of the wilderness first, then a new fundamental law.

— Sen. Troy Carter (@TROYSEE): Conrad I thought you were for reform! Your tweets don’t match up to your rhetoric! #reformnow

Appel: Reform does not mean expnding funding for inefficient and ineffective policy

Carter: That’s not my idea of reform either... Why does correcting our antiquated budget practices a bad thing?

Morris: This debate b/t Senators Carter & Appel reflects danger of throwin word "reform" around-It means something different 2everyone-Odd that there r those desperate 4 #lagov 2 get more revenue &those who want 2 cut gov 2 the bone think "reform" is going 2 get them both what they want...I'm not against change. Propose it and I may agree...But to say we need to do "something"...which is unnamed..and hand off to unaccountable and unknown delegates to do this unnamed thing is not right.

More of that discussion here.

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