It's pretty hard to sound like Nelson Mandela when you are delivering the budget speech to Parliament.
Scope for soaring oratory, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas concedes, can be limited by the fact that budgets tend to come across as long lists of initiatives. This is difficult to avoid.
Budgets are as much about politics as they are about financial management. They set the tone for a government, provide voters with tangible initiatives for the future, and provide information on the likely direction for the state economy.
The objective is to deliver things people will like without infuriating any one group too much. Big numbers, preferably with the word "billion", tend to help.
All the while, the Treasurer must demonstrate credentials as an economic manager by keeping a lid on spending and ensuring the government can pay its way.
So what's in a state budget anyway?
The actual budget itself is basically a snap-shot of a government's financial position. It is mostly aimed at the coming financial year (in the case of Wednesday's state budget that means 2016-17). It also contains economic bureaucrats' best guesses about where things are heading for the next four years - a period known as the "forward estimates".
The snapshot contains estimates about how much revenue is likely to be collected, and how much will be spent on ongoing costs such as wages, superannuation, depreciation, interest on debt and various government programs. The surplus - which these days is seen as a key gauge of political success - is a tally of what's left over.
So-called capital spending - which includes investments in things like major road and rail projects, hospitals and schools - is treated separately. It only affects the bottom line through the interest bill on the debt required to pay for it.
State budget v federal budget
Curiously, Victoria has opted to bring the state budget forward a week - into April, rather than waiting until May, after the federal budget was brought forward a week. The treasurer has previously expressed a wish to deliver Victoria's budget after they've seen the federal numbers.
But given the parlous state of the Commonwealth's finances, it appears Victoria now sees no advantage in going last.
What does the state government fund?
Victoria's budget is heavily dependent on transfer from Canberra. Out of $56.9 billion worth of revenues expected next financial year, about 46 per cent, or $26.1 billion, comes in the form of grants, either from the federal GST pool or for specific purposes such as health and education programs which are administered by the states.
Only about $19.8 billion will come from state tax revenue. The biggest state tax in the budget comes from stamp duty charged on property purchases. This is likely to raise about $5.1 billion next financial year, followed by land tax, which is expected to raise more than $2 billion, and various gambling taxes, which will raise about $1.9 billion. Fines - almosts half netted by speed camera - will generate about $800 million.
How do they spin it?
But the budget is much more than the actual document. It is also a heavily managed process designed to maximise an incumbent's political advantage.
On budget day journalists are locked in a room for several hours, before the embargo on the budget is lifted after the Treasurer rises in Parliament to deliver his speech.
Governments claim this highly managed process - preventing political contamination from the outside world - is needed because budgets contain "market sensitive" information.
But exactly why there is a need for a "lock-up" in the modern era is never quite clear - particularly when governments selectively hand out "drops" to the media leading up to the budget.
The process of selective leaks is designed both to maximise the coverage of spending initiatives that might get lost in the mix on the actual day, or to get bad news such as tax increases out of the way early so as to not overshadow the good news on the day.
It is a political dance that lasts for weeks. Get ready for the final reveal - if not soaring oratory - when Mr Pallas rises in Parliament shortly after 1 pm tomorrow.