State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) announced today he joined the nationwide effort by state lawmakers and legislative leaders to secure commitments from the leading presidential candidates, Mr. Donald Trump, Governor John Kasich, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, to restore the balance of power between the States and federal government.

Sixty-five state lawmakers have signed on so far to the letter to win support from the presidential candidates for five proposals:

1. Restore the balance between the States and federal government.
2. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
3. Drive economic growth through federal tax reform.
4. Pass new common-sense regulatory review processes, standards and
limitations on the President and Congress.
5. Nominate to the judiciary strong Constitutional conservatives who will
respect the essential role of state authority in our federal system.

"Excessive demands and regulations implemented by the federal government have moved far beyond our Founding Fathers' intent, which was to protect the states' ability to govern and serve their citizens," said Uecker. "I'm proud to stand with my fellow state lawmakers in calling on all of our presidential candidates to publicly recognize their commitment to supporting a balance of power."

"The Founding Fathers did not write the Constitution with the intentions of making state governments junior partners," added Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) who is leading the effort. "This is why we are seeking all presidential candidates to affirm their belief in the balance of power. While we each have a favorite candidate, it has been a joy to work with a group of talented and dedicated state leaders from around the country to ensure state-based solutions are discussed to address the most pressing challenges our communities face, and I greatly appreciate Senator Uecker's support."

To view the state leaders' letter, click here for the letter sent to the Republican candidates and here for the letter to the Democrat candidates. As state legislative leaders continue to join the effort, the roster will be updated.

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