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Want to Become Involved? Here's How...
Learn how the Process Works
 
We prepared a very brief explanation of the budget process, but there is much more to learn.  Many of our universities offer classes on state budget and policy, or you can read a book or two on the budget process.  One excellent book is Axelrod´s Budgeting for Modern Government.  A professor from California, Aaron Wildavsky, also writes extensively about the budget as a political and fiscal tool. 
 

 
Vote
 
There are several ways to become involved in the budget process. The first is to vote for representatives that share your viewpoints. These representatives make the decisions that impact state government. 
 
Interest groups are a valuable source of information on specific policy areas, but just make sure that you understand that interest groups are persuasive; they would like to get support for their viewpoint. Look also at the opposing viewpoint, and the truth is often somewhere in between.
 
Media editorial boards are another source of valuable information.. Understand, however, that often these boards are not necessarily neutral. Their political views often tend to reflect those of their readers.
 

 
Contact the Governor
 
Another way for you to get involved is to contact the Governor. Contact our Governor's citizen representative by telephone or e-mail.
 
 

 
Contact your Legislator
 
Find your legislator on the legislative Web site. The site also provides e-mail address for all of the legislators and committees of which they are members. There is also a citizen´s guide  that contains with a lot of useful information.
 
 

 
Watch the Public Hearings
 
Our legislature broadcast their audio and video section on the Internet.  The site archives hearings as well.
 

 
Testify at a Hearing
 
During the legislative session, committees discuss agency budgets and some of the policy implications behind them.You can get involved by testifying. The legislative guide to testifying is here; this is the guide in real video format. You can download the RealOne Player free of cost.
 

 
Apply - Board or Commission
 
The Governor appoints citizens to serve on various boards and commissions in all policy areas.  More information on appointments is available on the Governor´s Web site.