Follow the Money

Third Edition Now Available for Download Here!

Your one-stop-shop for information about all aspects of the state budget – from political considerations during budget deliberations to the interaction between state, federal, and local budgets. So many sources cover just taxes or just spending, but Follow the Money covers both.

“Follow the Money effectively breaks down the complexities of the budgeting process, granting policymakers, advocates, and citizens detailed insight on how the causes they feel strongly about intertwine with legislative procedure. I have been part of more than a few budgets in my 40 years as a legislator, but Follow the Money continues to be a dependable resource for understanding how principles become policies.” - William G. Batchelder, Speaker; Ohio House of Representatives

“A state administration aiming to change how Ohio does business creates new challenges (and opportunities) for anyone with a stake in Ohio’s budget – which means just about every Ohioan. Terry Thomas’ excellent update of Richard G. Sheridan’s classic couldn’t be better timed for Ohioans and their elected representatives.” - Thomas Suddes, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University; former Statehouse correspondent, The Plain Dealer

“Only a budget master on the level of Dick Sheridan could have written Follow the Money (2000, 2006). Only a skilled colleague and friend could have brought it up to date while preserving the voice of the master. Dick’s passing was the end of an era. We are pleased to honor his memory with this volume.” - John A. Begala, Retired Executive Director, The Center for Community Solutions

To order a hard copy of Follow The Money, download the form here. The form can be submitted via email to Eboney Thornton at