Most of Article VIII is new. It tries to create a comprehensive, modern system of State budgeting, including a “balanced budget” requirement; an independent post-auditor called the auditor general; a right to inspect records of public expenditures; and a uniform system of accounting for the State, local governments, and school districts. It continues the prohibition on using public funds for private purposes and requires regularized procedures for incurring debt or paying public funds. The cases and experience with these provisions have indicated that there are,...
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