Budgets in the United States follow rules of presentation and use
terms that make sense to few outside the world of government
finance. Moreover, practices vary widely among the thousands of
governments in the country, between federal, state, and local
levels. Understanding Government Budgets offers detailed
explanations of each of the different types of information found in
budgets, featuring annotated examples from both state and local
budgets, as well as the budget of the federal government. It
stresses that the choices made about format and organization
influence the story a budget tells about government.
The goal of the book is to make the format of budgets and the
information they contain accessible and understandable, helping
users make better sense of government and its performance. Perfect
for undergraduate or graduate level courses in budgeting and public
administration, Understanding Government Budgets also makes a
useful guide to budgets for the average citizen with an interest in
how government operates.
R. Mark Musell teaches graduate courses in public budgeting and
finance at the City College of New York, where he is also Director
of Experiential Education for the Charles B. Rangel Center for
Public Service. He has taught government budgeting at the Robert F.
Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and
the Metropolitan College of New York. Professor Musell is the
author of studies on government management, public employee
compensation, government performance, and federal budgeting. He
spent 25 years at the Congressional Budget Office studying the
federal budget and providing Members of Congress and their staff
with budgetary informationand analysis.
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