Article VII contains both the executive budget and provisions governing the debt obligations of the state. The first seven sections describe the procedures for creation of a budget. The roles and powers of the governor and the legislature are specified. The executive budgeting system places in the hands of the governor the task of formulating state fiscal policy, and in a departure from traditional practice, casts the governor as “constructor” of the budget and the legislature as “critic.” This transformation constitutes the single most important change in...
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