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State tells lawmaker gold is for fools

Laura Bow

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11/15/2012 01:19 PM

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State tells lawmaker gold is for fools
A Montana state lawmaker’s request to be paid in gold and silver coins has been denied by the state.

Earlier this week, state Rep. Jerry O’Neil wrote the state legislature asking to be paid his annual $7,000 salary in coins because constituents in his district told him he wasn’t doing his duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which O’Neil and Gold standard supporters say requires the government only print gold-backed money.


“The United States Constitution does not require states to pay debts in gold and silver. Additionally, there is no specific authority in the Montana Code Annotated for an agency to pay debts using gold or silver for services,” Coles wrote.

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