Upon initial review, it appears the budget
will take precious dollars away from transportation services that now serve hundreds of thousands of students and the disabled.
The only other option is to go back and cut the budget
As part of that agreement, the parties should also address whether the budget
is just that--a budget
(which imposes a cap on the amount of fees and costs to be spent) or a good-faith but non-binding estimate of the anticipated fees.
Bush's new budget
calls for a 7 percent increase in defense spending, up from $412 billion to $441 billion to cover all military operations, not including military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.
For the coming fiscal year, The Independent Budget
recommends increasing the overall VA medical care budget
by 11 percent over the 2006 level, to $32.
A contingency budget
automatically takes effect and the Legislature becomes empowered to draft its own budget
But they don't need to articulate their budget
down to the third decimal point.
If you're the one planning the budget
, whether it is the initial budget
or a subsequent year's, make sure that it's realistic.
Showing a preferential option for the Pentagon and the nation's wealthiest, the 2006 budget
calls for $132 billion of corporate welfare in federally funded "research and development" projects and a diminishing tax burden on the nation's wealthiest, while massive defense outlays continue unabated, reaching $492 billion by 2010.
In other words, it should be used for validation, not the genesis, of these budget
After all, the $7 billion per year increase in the NIH budget
endorsed by President Bush could pay the care costs of more than 2,000 nursing home residents per state.
But over the years, Congress has lengthened the relevant budget
window, first to five and then to ten years.