The State of the States: Political Change Emboldens Governors

Last year in their State of the State addresses, governors laid out measured approaches to fiscal management that emphasized a long-term perspective, budget balance and best practices to help strengthen states. Governors pushed tax cuts, and their spending initiatives were modest. State chief executives seemed hesitant to make grandiose promises even as the revenue situation eased. The 2006 elections and possibilities for dramatic political change help explain this hesitancy.

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About the Author
Katherine Willoughby is professor of Public Administration and Urban Studies in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Her research concentrates on state and local government budgeting and financial management, public policy development and public organization theory. She has conducted extensive research in the area of state budgeting practices, with a concentration on performance measurement applicability at this level of government in the United States.