Public budgeting is inherently political: too often, short-term partisan goals overrun long-term public interest. By presenting federal, state, and local budgeting within a clear, comparative framework, Rubinas classic text focuses on the issues of federalism and the political jockeying that influences all governmental budgets. Updated throughout to account for recent issues in budgeting, the sixth edition includes coverage of the Alternative Minimum Tax controversy, mayoral vetoes, state legislaturesa role in the budgeting process, conflicts between inspectors general and executives, PART evaluations, and more. In addition, Rubin now pays even greater attention to budgeting within state and local systems, incorporating examples from across the nation and better preparing students for future careers at all levels of government. Analyzing each strand of the decision-making process, Rubin shows the extraordinary coordination involved in passing a budget and achieving accountability.Salary increases have for years been determined governmentwide, without giving agencies enough money to cover the mandated ... (For a recent example of salary absorption, see the minicase on page 255.) The agencies sometimes have to guess at how large a salary supplemental OMB will approve and create sufficient surplus to make up the balance. ... inordinate burden on those agencies with salary and expense lines that Congress had increased above the presidenta#39;s request.
|Title||:||The Politics of Public Budgeting: Getting and Spending, Borrowing and Balancing|
|Author||:||Irene S. Rubin|
|Publisher||:||CQ Press - 2009-09-29|