There is no general welfare clause in the Connecticut constitution but it is in statute, by what power is welfare passed to the states if not the general welfare clause?<quoted text>
1. And, therefore, I was correct when I said that the CT Constitution has no general welfare clause. And, I was correct when I said that Frijoles was not addressing the federal constitution.
2. There is no relationship between the federal general welfare clause and the department of social services from CT. The relationship, at best, is the 10th amendment. Then it is up to the state of CT to enact social services if it wishes. Since there is no limitation in the CT Constitution against just about anything, the CT General Assembly can do just about anything it wishes and not be unconstitutional according to the state constitution. As I said, I was surprised by the brevity and lack of specificity of the CT Constitution.
I urge you to go back to the beginning of the discussion to know the crux of the discussion.
The General Welfare Clause is quite broad, and permits
Congress to create any tax and spend monies on any program
which they believe will serve the general welfare of the citizens of
the various states. There is one crucial limitation. While Congress
may tax and spend for the general welfare, they may not merely
pass laws aimed to serve the general welfare.
EXAMPLE: After years of study Congress finally concludes that
cigarette smoke really does harm smokers and those around
them. In an effort to serve the general welfare, Congress passes a
law banning the manufacture, sale, possession or use of
cigarettes in any state. The law would exceed Congressional
authority under the General Welfare Clause and would be struck
down as an unconstitutional exercise of power.