COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio has a constitutional requirement to have a balanced budget and Gov. John Kasich thinks it's time Congress follow suit.
"We have a car careening down a hill that is out of control," Kasich said. "At some point someone has to yell 'stop!'"
So Kasich is calling on other states to lead an effort to force Congress to enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 20 states have passed some type of resolution making a similar demand and Kasich thinks Ohio should too.
"I think it is an issue that can be bi-partisan and an issue that can unite people rather than divide them," he said.
He wants the Ohio General Assembly to begin working on their own resolution.
It would take 34 states to demand a constitutional convention, something Kasich says no one wants to see. He's hoping Congress would act before it got to that point.
Any change to the constitution would require 38 states to agree to it.
“In the last 50 years, the federal government has only had five balanced budgets and it currently has $16.7 trillion in debt. That’s not the way the greatest country in the world should manage its affairs and it’s time for some discipline," Kasich said.
While a member of Congress, Kasich supported a federal balanced budget amendment and.
Kasich hopes it doesn't take a crisis for force Congress to act.