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By Dall W. Forsythe

With a brand new foreword by way of New York's former governor, Mario Cuomo, this revised and up to date variation of "Memos to the Governor" is a concise guidebook that takes the reader in the back of governmental economic gobbledygook to provide an explanation for in transparent, comprehensible prose the technical, fiscal, and political dynamics of finances making. in any respect degrees of presidency, the price range has develop into the battleground for policymaking and politics. This booklet is helping present and destiny public directors untangle the knotty tactics of finances practise and implementation. Dall W. Forsythe, who served as funds director lower than Governor Cuomo, outlines the budgeting strategy via a chain of memos from the cheap director to a newly elected governor - a structure that is helping readers with very little historical past to appreciate complex monetary matters. He covers all the steps of funds practise, from technique to execution, explaining technical vocabulary, and discussing key subject matters together with baseline budgeting, profit forecasting, and gap-closing techniques. Forsythe brings clean insights into such matters because the significance of a multiyear strategic funds plan, the influence of the enterprise cycle on kingdom budgets, the tactical difficulties of having budgets followed by means of legislatures, and, after all, the connection among governor and price range officer. "Memos to the Governor" is a painless, useful advent to finances instruction for college kids of and practitioners in public management and public-sector monetary administration.

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The most famous examples include the widespread adoption of Planning Programming Budgeting Systems (PPBS) in the 1960s, which required a multiyear analysis of different options for reaching programmatic objectives. You may also remember the brief infatuation with Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB) after Jimmy Carter became president. Carter argued that many programs that were funded within the current service baseline often received very little substantive scrutiny in budget-making, and tried to use ZBB to review all programs every year.

This memo is longer and somewhat more technical than the other sections, but it will help you understand the framework for your budget choices. Memo #4 discusses the kinds of choices you may face in the late stages of budget preparation. Memo #5 focuses on the important topic of budget tactics. As you work your way through the difficult choices in your executive budget, you should also be thinking about the legislature and its reaction to your recommendations. Memo #6 discusses your role in presenting the budget to the public, the press, and the legislature.

Obviously, the intended audience is much broader than the prototypical new governor who is the recipient of the memos. For new students of state budgeting, the memo format should help them get quickly into the basics of the budget process. The section on budget vocabulary should also help prepare them for more technical material, and the notes highlight a number of the most useful sources of information and articles on state budgeting. More experienced practitioners and scholars should find new points of emphasis, useful examples of good and bad practice, and a practitioner's view of the relationship between governors and their budget directors.

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