Below is a list of the different divisions and departments which help the different state Governors and Legislators develop the state budgets. These divisions have many responsibilities including forecasting future state revenue, forecasting expenses and forecasting economic factors such as inflation and economic health.
The budget process for each state is set by law. For example, some states require that the budget be balanced (meaning appropriations do not exceed revenue) while other states allow the state to run a budget deficit (meaning the state can spend more than it received in revenue).
In most states, the Governor proposes a budget which then must be voted on by the state legislature. The legislature generally debates the merits of the budget and proposes amendments which then go back to the Governor for consideration. The budget process can take several months to complete. Therefore, in addition to the actual budget document, there are numerous amendments, revisions and addendums which most states post on their websites for the public to view.
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