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Memos to the Governor, Third Edition: An Introduction to State Budgeting
     

Memos to the Governor, Third Edition: An Introduction to State Budgeting

by Dall W. Forsythe, Donald J. Boyd
 

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This revised and updated edition of Memos to the Governor is a concise and highly readable guidebook that explains in clear, understandable prose the technical, economic, and political dynamics of budget making. Updated with many new examples of budget quandaries from recent years, this book helps current and future public administrators untangle the knotty

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This revised and updated edition of Memos to the Governor is a concise and highly readable guidebook that explains in clear, understandable prose the technical, economic, and political dynamics of budget making. Updated with many new examples of budget quandaries from recent years, this book helps current and future public administrators untangle the knotty processes of budget preparation and implementation.

Authors Dall W. Forsythe and Donald J. Boyd outline the budgeting process through a series of memos from a budget director to a newly elected governor—a format that helps readers with little or no background understand complicated financial issues. They cover all of the steps of budget preparation, from strategy to execution, explaining technical vocabulary, and discussing key topics including baseline budgeting, revenue forecasting, and gap-closing options.

Forsythe and Boyd bring fresh insights into such issues as the importance of a multiyear strategic budget plan, the impact of the business cycle on state budgets, the tactical problems of getting budgets adopted by legislatures, and, of course, the relationship between governor and budget officer. Memos to the Governor is a painless, practical introduction to budget preparation for students of and practitioners in public administration and public-sector financial management.

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Deals with aspects of state budgeting such as long-term strategic perspectives, persuading legislatures to adopt sound budgets, and the influence of the economic cycle on state budgets, in the form of memos to a hypothetical new governor. Offers an overview of the budget process, examples of good and bad practice, and a practitioner's view of the relationship between governors and their budget directors, plus a glossary. For students, scholars, and practitioners. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589019256
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
786,029
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"I've never read a more insightful, useful, and valuable description of what is perhaps the most important single function in government -- the making of a budget -- than Dall Forsythe's Memos to the Governor." -- From the Foreword by Governor Mario M. Cuomo

Meet the Author

Dall W. Forsythe is a senior fellow at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and is a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. He has served as budget director for the State of New York and chief financial officer of the Atlantic Philanthropies. Donald J. Boyd is a senior fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. He recently served as executive director of the Task Force on the State Budget Crisis, co-chaired by Richard Ravitch and Paul Volcker.

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