With a new foreword by New York's former governor, Mario Cuomo, this revised and updated edition of "Memos to the Governor" is a concise guidebook that takes the reader behind governmental fiscal gobbledygook to explain in clear, understandable prose the technical, economic, and political dynamics of budget making. At all levels of government, the budget has become the battleground for policymaking and politics. This book helps current and future public administrators untangle the knotty processes of budget preparation and implementation. Dall W. Forsythe, who served as budget director under Governor Cuomo, outlines 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 to understand complicated financial issues. He covers 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 brings 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.
"Dall Forsythe is the consummate expert on the state budget process. This book of memos to the governor presents invaluable insights on this, the spinal column of decision making for all state and local public services."
Series: Memos to the Governor
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 18th August 2004
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised