The “On-Time Budget” Metric: Who Actually Gives a Crap?

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Why is this a thing anybody is interested in?

What matters is what’s in the budget, not when it gets voted on.

I don’t get it. Is it that this is an “objective” metric that journalists feel comfortable using to evaluate who “won” the budget season? As opposed to more qualitative stuff like “are schoolchildren going to be ok?”

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7 Responses to The “On-Time Budget” Metric: Who Actually Gives a Crap?

  1. Albert Brooks says:

    Skip paying your bills this month until next month and then come back and tell us why being on time doesn’t matter. The principle is the same. Is it as important as what is in the budget – no – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

  2. Jon Geeting says:

    Late state budget definitely doesn’t mean the bills don’t get paid.

  3. GDub says:

    Actually it is rather important to the execution of good governance (as is what is in the budget). You can’t legally spend money as a government department without a passed budget. A late budget means you can’t do detailed planning for what resources are available and how they are going to be spent. This is followed by a short fiscal year to commit funds, which probably means crappy execution, contracting, etc…which compounds the next year.

    You can do some tasks with a CR–but ask anyone in a government bureaucracy if having an on time budget matters. It absolutely does, and we should probably remind ourselves of why the standard is there in the first place.

  4. bramr101 says:

    Newspaper reporters and their editors seem to be behind the useless “get the budget done on time!!!!!!!” priority.

    Disillusioned and indifferent to what government actually chooses to do — and/or frustrated and handcuffed by their “objectivity” in covering real policy — they mostly just resent the high salaries, per diems and perks that officeholders enjoy, the low number of hours they seem to be “at work”, the fact that they’re famous and respected despite not well-lettered. So the idea is, “Get to work, lazies!” is the simplest, lowest common denominator way to smack them upside the head.

  5. Julieann Wozniak says:

    Exactly! If I can’t pay my bills on time, I call my creditors on the phone and work out a deal and a payment plan. This is the case with my property taxes. Corbett’s gutting of education funding (while propping up his for profit school cronies) has made property taxes oppressive for us ordinary working stiffs. I’m still in my home. I’m voting against the teabaggers. All austerity does is destroy the economy for regular people.