The Jefferson City Budget Committee’s main focus Thursday night was ensuring it has enough money in its unrestricted general fund balance over the next five years.Jefferson City Finance Director Margie Mueller provided two spreadsheets to the committee — one showing the unassigned general fund balance if the city spends all of its money between 2019-23 and the other showing if it holds back at least 4 percent of its projected budget during those five years.Mueller said the 4 percent projected unexpended sheet was “more realistic” and followed the city’s spending history, which would give the city about $7.9 million in the unassigned general fund by 2023. If the city spent every penny of its budget over the next five years, she said, it would be more than $900,000 in the hole.At the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year, the city had more than $10.31 million in its general fund balance, according to the sheets.The Jefferson City Council appropriated more than … [Read more...] about Budget committee looks at projected five-year finance plan
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Warming the hearts of government reporters and spreadsheet addicts everywhere, County Executive Steve Schuh told the Capital Gazette Editorial Board last week that budget season is “an exciting time of year for any local government … that’s when the real priorities make themselves evident.”While we’ll know more when Schuh gives his presentation to the County Council this week, the priorities he highlighted in the preview he gave the editorial board seem sound — and likely to produce a reasonably harmonious process once the council starts its review. That’s clearly Schuh’s goal. Who needs nasty fights when you are gearing up your re-election campaign?There is one area, however, in which he has opened himself up to some flak. And there’s one tweak that would be the right thing to do, even if it isn’t politically expedient.We expect the county executive will hear few objections to the public safety spending plans he’ll … [Read more...] about Our say: So far, Schuh’s budget looks good — but there may be room for tweaks
SPOTTED, this morning, at the Delta terminal at LaGuardia: Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), having his congressional I.D. rejected by a TSA agent who said: “That’s not enough. I want to see a driver’s license.” When Grayson pointed out that it’s a federally authorized I.D., with a photo, she got on her walkie-talkie, then let him through. An aide with Grayson jokingly told Rick Berke, who was in the line: “He didn’t cause the shutdown, I promise.” Grayson had earlier been rejected at a TSA pre-check line while the aide breezed through, much to his consternation. Rick later handed his phone to Grayson, who told us he was flying home to Orlando after doing MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” in-studio. Grayson had no complaint about the agent: “She wasn’t familiar with [the House I.D.] I could honestly see she’s a competent person. I didn’t hold it against her.” Grayson said his biggest takeaway about Ed … [Read more...] about WEB CRASH WAS NO SURPRISE: CMS saw ‘impending disaster’ in LATE AUG.
JOHN DICKERSON, CBS HOST: Today on FACE THE NATION: House Speaker Paul Ryan leads the charge to repeal Obamacare, but faces a revolt from within his own party. We will go one-on-one with the speaker in an interview you will see only on FACE THE NATION. Republicans launch the long-promised push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but were hammered right out of the gate by critics from the right, the left and the center. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: You are a governing party getting a consensus among your wide, big-tent party. Everybody doesn’t get what they want. But we are getting much better policy here. (END VIDEO CLIP) DICKERSON: But it is the impact of the policy that has Americans worried and gives critics ammunition. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DICKERSON: How many people are going to lose coverage under this new... RYAN: I can’t answer that question. (END VIDEO CLIP) DICKERSON: Another unanswered question in Washington, what … [Read more...] about Face the Nation Transcript March 12, 2017: Ryan, Paul, Sanders
Maybe because she spends her time crunching numbers and analyzing data, Susan Brower is afraid people think her job is boring. “My 14-year-old tells me that all the time,” Brower says. “ ‘It’s so dull.’ ” Others disagree. People are so interested in hearing Brower talk that she limits her public speaking engagements to two a week to leave time for her spreadsheets. As the Minnesota state demographer, Brower quantifies the great societal shifts that could change lives in the state: the aging of the population, the changing structure of families and households, an inevitable increase in diversity, and how the state’s economic growth may depend on welcoming more immigration. At 46, Brower is a member of Generation X, the generation “that no one talks about because we don’t have a good name,” she says. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and two kids (and two cats), a type of household that demographers will tell you … [Read more...] about This woman is in charge of seeing Minnesota’s future — and she’s optimistic