backdoor borrowing

Backdoor Borrowing

The act of a government borrowing without voter approval. This may or may not occur after the voters have refused to authorize a bond issue. The practice is controversial as it implies a lack of transparency in government actions and forces taxpayer money to be used to repay debt that voters did not want.

backdoor borrowing

Borrowing by a public authority without voter approval. Public authorities often use backdoor borrowing when voters reject proposed debt issues. Taxpayer funds are used to repay debt accumulated in backdoor borrowing.
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The least we could do is to admit to this backdoor borrowing.
Some of the issues that could be considered during a People's Convention include much-needed fiscal reforms, such as a property tax and state spending cap, debt reform, and a ban on backdoor borrowing. Also on a possible to-do list for a People's Convention are "good government" reforms, such as an independent legislative redistricting commission--which would result in elections that are fairer and more competitive--initiative and referendum, term limits for legislative leaders, and, critically important, a clear and orderly succession plan for state offices, as Grumet advocated for throughout his column.