Eurotrash here. We actually have states in my country - but it's a different system and I don't think that our state-leaders have that much to say concerning the overall budget.However, if you ever read the region section of your state newspaper, you will read endless articles about the governor and what he/she does.
And I think that is a valid point. Then again, what are advisors for? It would be interesting to review the past presidents - were former governors and mayors more successful and more popular?In fact, dealing with a budget and being responsible for it is one of the reasons that governors are generally credited with more executive experience than Congressfolk.