1. Using your work experience in the public and nonprofit sector, and the knowledge you have gained in this MPA program as a guide, address the following question in a detailed fashion:
How, specifically, do the tax structure, rate(s), and environment affect public budgeting and finance? How do taxes determine public policy priorities?
2. Using your favorite search engine, locate the most recent budget for the state in which you live. After looking over the budget, write an essay consisting of no less than 500 words in which you discuss the following:
? How do you feel nonconventional expenditures affect finance and budgeting policy in your state?
? What budgetary tools were used to deal with the nonconventional expenditures?
? How did the political considerations of the state legislature and governor determine which nonconventional expenditures were funded first?
? Do you feel that government should be involved more or less in welfare policy? Explain your position.