Budget reviews in the spotlight this week. So listen to this if you missed it last week.
If you’ve been glued to the dust-up between the governor and the legislature over budget reviews, you will want to listen to the recorded interview with Budget Director Andrew Clinger posted below, in which he discusses a new budgeting process undertaken by the administration. (Originally posted last week.)
Clinger is overseeing a departure from the usual budgeting process. A working group of cabinet-level agency directors are conducting a group review of all programs, for the purpose of evaluating and prioritizing them. The programs will be ranked high, medium or low priority — and will be maintained or cut accordingly. This, as opposed to the conventional method in which each agency head crafts his own budget beginning with the last cycle’s number and working toward a new number for the new cycle.
Here is the Clinger interview (again). It is just over 5 minutes long, and it begins with Mr. Clinger responding to a question about a small increase in sales tax collections. His initial point (out of context) is that it’s great to see an increase, but it’s not significant enough to make a big difference.
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