Unfunded mandates
Tue Nov 7, 2017 5:24am

I would like to see every bill presented for debate to include a budget for implementation and support should it pass into law. If there is no budget specifically for implementation and support, the bill is killed on the spot. Passage of unfunded mandates is probably more responsible for US debt than any other cause, because we know these things don't happen "free." Sooner or later, in one way or another, costs come due- direct and indirect. This shooting is an example of indirect cost. Somebody will "pay" for these murders at the end of the day, and their cost will be tacked onto the debt.

  • When the NICS system was created and data started being ingathered, the law required states to input and update a range of files, but provided no funds to make that happen. So, states ended up... more
    • Unfunded mandates — Pikes, Tue Nov 7 5:24am
      • I agree wholeheartedly....Sprout, Tue Nov 7 9:42am
        IMO if a bill cannot get enough votes to pass without having to dodge the responsibility for paying for it, then it should not pass. Every bill should be FULLY funded from the get go, and if there... more
        • "Cuts" can come by repealPikes, Tue Nov 7 11:52am
          of bad or outdated laws. No need to send those clowns on search and destroy missions of what good they don't like to cut. Something of a "make room" policy instead of an "add on" policy. US legal... more
          • Certainly so. Sprout, Tue Nov 7 12:28pm
            The bill can include another older law/program that it ends/cuts/repeals to free up the funds for the new piece of legislation. One suggestion I heard was a proposal to make every bill die after X... more
    • Good (and infuriating) info, thanks.Poppet, Mon Nov 6 10:42pm
      Making the NICS database system more robust should be a no-brainer, a good use of funds (that is, make it a funded mandate). I'd also like to know just how this guy's data never got filed.
      • I read an article last night indicatingSprout, Tue Nov 7 9:33am
        that the Air Force is acknowledging that they didn't file the paperwork correctly and is trying to find out why to determine if it is a systemic issue or simply an example of human error. I suspect... more