It Hinders Economic Development

The 1901 Constitution prohibits state and local governments from participating in internal improvements or economic development activities.

Over 50 amendments allow various governing bodies different powers to promote economic development and invest in infrastructure projects, but the original provisions that put a straightjacket on economic development are still there.

As a result, the restrictions apply fully in some counties, partially in others, and not at all in still others.

It restricts local democracy
It locks in an unfair tax system
It limits budget flexibility
It is the longest known constitution in the world
It has undemocratic origins

Report on economic development (PDF file)
Report on Economic Development
PDF Document

Read this report on economic development from the Citizens' Commission on Constitutional Reform.
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