There are 50 states in the United States. Each one has its own STATE GOVERNMENT. What state do you live in? Who leads your state government?
Citizens elect a representative to lead our state government. These people meet at the ____________________ to make the laws. State Government State Government All state governments have 3 branches that work together to run the state.
Capitol: the building where leaders meet to make laws Governor: the leader of the state’s second branch
LEGISLATIVE (LAWMAKERS) Make laws, write new laws to help improve the state Men and women are elected by citizens to be our representatives We give them the right and responsibility to act on our behalf (They say what we want them to say!) We expect them to KNOW of the issues facing our citizens, and do their best to lead us into the future
Think of each branch as a separate team; like 3 different teams that work together to work towards a common goal.
EXECUTIVE - Headed by the GOVERNOR (leader) - Sets the agenda for the state government (Tells the state government what to do) - Solves problems - Sets plans for the future
JUDICIAL (Judges) -Makes sure laws follow the state and national Constitution -Decides punishments when laws are broken
Just like the local government, the state government gives us services, too! The governor decides how to spend the tax money… Hmm… do we need new roads, schools, or hospitals?
Each department is in charge of a special service. SAFETY DEPARTMENT ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
They create highways that go across many states. Are the highways safe? Are the highways fixed?