Equally at home as a companion to an introductory text or as a stand-alone resource, Virginia Government offers an excellent introduction to the political institutions, actors, and policy processes of the Old Dominion State. Paying special attention to the governing arrangements that make Virginia unique, from statewide city-county separation to a single-term governor to shifting electoral alignments, Peaslee and Swartz strike the perfect balance, combining necessary background and historical analysis with current events and policy issues to make the information relevant and engaging for today's students. Grounded in the comparative method, the text provides useful comparisons with governing institutions, political processes, and public polices in other states and localities.

Paying the Bill Budgeting and Finance in Virginia

Paying the Bill Budgeting and Finance in Virginia

Paying the bill budgeting and finance in virginia


  • The Biennial Budget
  • The Virginia Budget Process
    • Timeline
    • Where the Money Comes From
    • Where the Money Goes
  • Virginia's Fiscal Health and Solvency
  • How Is Virginia Doing?
  • Conclusion

A state's budget serves as an agenda-setting tool. It is a policy document outlining what a government intends to do or not do for a specific time period. The budget process is a battle between conflicting priorities and objectives from among the state's elected officials, interest groups, and leaders of the state's agencies and organizations. The budget also reflects the demands placed on government by its citizens. Without budgetary appropriations, state and local governments would cease to exist. This chapter presents an overview of Virginia's biennial budget, including the ...

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