Seven habits of unsustainable budget building: A state policy perspective
Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management
Article publication date: 1 March 2011
The magnitude and immediacy of threats to the sustainability of state government programs call for significant changes in how we think about and make policies that influence the public budget. The Great Recession's prolonged battering of state budgets exhausted cutback strategies and has left policy makers with few options, producing a decision gridlock that is inescapable using traditional functional and line-item budget perspectives and embedded practices. Transforming state budgets requires an uncommon view. This paper identifies and describes seven overarching and pervasive habits in state policy making that contribute to unsustainable budgets. Although the applicability and commonness of each habit will vary by state, both individually and as a set the seven habits impart important handles for gaining greater control over a state's fiscal directions and fortunes.
LaPlante, J.M. (2011), "Seven habits of unsustainable budget building: A state policy perspective", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 215-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-23-02-2011-B004
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