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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.
|Publisher:||Georgetown University Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Read an Excerpt
"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
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Second Edition Governor Mario Cuomo
MEMO 1. You and Your Budget Officer
MEMO 2. Budget Strategy
MEMO 3. Preparing the Executive Budget—The Technical Underpinnings
MEMO 4. Choices in the Final Phase of Budget Preparation
MEMO 5. Budget Tactics: Laying the Groundwork for Adoption
MEMO 6. Going Public with the Budget
MEMO 7. The Legislative Phase of the Budget Process
MEMO 8. Budget Execution
A Final Word on Strategy and Tactics
Appendix: Budget Vocabulary