How Governors Put Together Their Policy Agendas

How governors put together their policy agendas

The governor's real power,” according to Angus King (I-ME), “is that of setting the agenda.” Policy agendas are not solely the prerogative of governors. Senate and house leaders have measures they want to enact. Majority-party caucuses may develop agendas either as the session begins or as it progresses. Standing committees, and particularly their chairs, have their own ideas about what they want to recommend in their jurisdictional areas. In addition, the agendas of individual legislators consist of the bills they sponsor and want to see enacted.

Everyone in the policymaking enterprise is entitled to an agenda. Yet not all agendas are created equal. The governor's agenda is far and away the most equal ...

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