Economic Development Issues

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 straight jacket 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.