Introduction Seminar


2021 Introduction to State Budgeting Seminar
Executive Branch State Budget Office Employees Only


Registration is now closed. Join us in 2022!

This seminar is for executive branch state budget analysts with two years or less experience. This year all registrants must be NASBO members, employees in a Governor's state budget office. Non-members who work in other state government departments will be able to attend in 2022.

To more closely mimic the in-person Intro to State Budgeting training held in the past, all seminar sessions will be hosted on Zoom and video participation is expected. Attendees should plan to engage with presenters during sessions and with other analysts in a program area breakout room. Certificates of completion will be presented to analysts who attend all four sessions via video.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Eastern

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Kate Nass, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Oregon Department of Administrative Services & NASBO 2021-2022 President

NASBO Overview & Fiscal State of the States

Shelby Kerns, Executive Director, NASBO  

As an employee in the executive branch state budget office, you are automatically a member of NASBO. Learn about resources available to analysts including state budget data, topical publications, educational opportunities and more. Following the overview, attendees will get an up-to-date snapshot of the fiscal state of the states using NASBO survey data.


2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Eastern

Perspective From A Budget Analyst

Carissa Ralbovsky, Senior Budget Analyst, Maryland Department of Budget & Management – Office of Budget Analysis  

Carla Wright, Policy & Budget Analyst, Kentucky Office of the State Budget Director

Always a favorite session of attendees year after year, ask questions of senior-level budget analysts about issues and concerns specific to the role of a budget analyst including ways to adapt to the job, avoiding common pitfalls, building credibility as an analyst, and managing stress.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Introduction To Analyzing Budget Requests & Program Area Discussions

Michael Maul
, Associate Director, Education and Transportation, Virginia Department of Planning & Budget

Examine techniques used in analyzing budget requests such as determining need, identifying spending trends, seeking alternatives, changing the base, using performance measures, and comparing to national standards and trends. Attendees will also have a chance to meet virtually in small groups to discuss issues specific to their program areas and receive a summary document outlining additional resources.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Analyzing Budget Requests

Michael Maul, Associate Director, Education and Transportation, Virginia Department of Planning & Budget  
Attendees will walk through case studies with the instructor to demonstrate the techniques discussed the prior day. The session will conclude by reviewing a two-page tip sheet to help analyze current level of service budgets as well as requests for additional funding.