In recent years, our state's operating budgets have raised warning signals. We struggle with budget shortfalls and resist reining in government. As we work together to solve this, we can use the four basic questions posed by those who were challenged in 2003:
*What are the results citizens expect from government?
*What strategies are most effective in achieving those results?
*How should we prioritize spending to buy the activities that are most critical to implementing these strategies?
*How will we measure progress?
By prioritizing expectations from our state government, we are involving the public and have a mechanism to keep the public informed. This process was successful in 2003 and can be used in every budget-writing year.