Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Start Early, Get It Right

Capital Confidential reported on Friday that the state Budget Director has lit a fire under agencies, more than a month early, to begin work on the 2008-09 budget.

CapCon notes that the letter to agency heads emphasized a desire to close the projected gap without raising taxes, but we hope that the administration is also considering how to work with legislative leaders to have a much more transparent budget process next year. Governor Spitzer was lambasted by the press and reformers in March for presiding over a budget deal that, while nominally on-time, was overwhelmingly negotiated in secret.

By starting early, maybe this time Albany can achieve what is so often out of its grasp: good policy, in a timely manner, created with ample public input.

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