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| June 7, 2016

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week 1

“The Craft of Budgeting” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the first e-Activity, evaluate the relationship between Congress and the President and discuss two (2) reasons why the presidential duties may conflict with the role of Congress.

Reason 1: Justify your response with examples

Reason 2: Justify your response with examples

From the first e-Activity, discuss three (3) major concerns of public budgeting and finance for a public administrator.

Concern 1: Justify your response with examples

Concern 2: Justify your response with examples

Concern 3: Justify your response with examples

diss 2

“Government Budgeting and Expenditures” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):
Based on the second e-Activity that focuses on the Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015, analyze the president’s messages and the three (3) budgets you selected.

Analysis 1: (Place your response here!)

Analysis 2: (Place your response here!)

Analysis 3: (Place your response here!)

Discuss four (4) governmental expenditures that you believe will have a significant impact on the national economy. Justify your response with examples.

Item 1: (Justify your response with examples)

Item 2: (Justify your response with examples)

Item 3: (Justify your response with examples)

Item 4: (Justify your response with examples)

week 2

“Organizing Budget Data and Chart of Accounts” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the first e-Activity, discuss three (3) major government programs that impact federal spending and whether any of the programs can be realistically cut.

Program 1: (Justify your response with examples)

Program 2: (Justify your response with examples)

Program 3: (Justify your response with examples)

diss 2

“Budgeting 101” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):
From the second e-Activity, discuss three (3) challenges in the budget process.

Challenge 1: (Justify your response with examples)

Challenge 2: (Justify your response with examples)

Challenge 3: (Justify your response with examples)

From the third e-Activity, identify and explain your choices for reductions and increases (Place your response here!)

Discuss at least two (2) lessons you learned about the challenge of balancing the federal budget.

Lesson 1: (Place your response here!)

Lesson 2: (Place your response here!)

week 3 diss 1

“Preparing the Operating Budget” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the e-Activities, discuss two (2) differences between Michigan’s budget and your state budget in terms of budget process, financial reporting, and costs analysis (fixed costs, step-fixed costs, and variable costs).

Budget Process:

Difference 1: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

Difference 2: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

Financial Reporting:

Difference 1: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

Difference 2: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

Cost Analysis:

Difference 1: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

Difference 2: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

Discuss the pros and cons of forecasting over a five to ten (5-10) year period.

Pro: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

Con: (Place your response here! Justify your response with examples.)

diss 2
“The Budget” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the first e-Activity, discuss four (4) governmental expenditures that you believe will have a significant impact on your local economy over the next year.

Item 1: (Justify your response with examples)

Item 2: (Justify your response with examples)

Item 3: (Justify your response with examples)

Item 4: (Justify your response with examples)

Discuss two to three (2-3) challenges an administrator may face when developing and reviewing proposals for budget cuts.

Challenge 1: (Place your response here! )

Challenge 2: (Place your response here! )

Challenge 3: (Place your response here! )

week 4 diss 1

“Revenue Estimating” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the e-Activity about the “Annual Population Estimates 2000 to 2009,” analyze and forecast a comparison of the population growth rate from 2010 through 2016 of the State of Michigan and your state. Provide these figures in your response for each year.

State 1: (Place your response here!)

State 2: (Place your response here!)

Based on your prediction for the years 2015 and 2016, discuss the impact of each state’s population increase on the four (4) highest discretionary spending accounts. Note: Please refer back to Week 3 and review the State of Michigan and your state’s budget.

State 1 – Highest Discretionary Account 1: (Place your response here!)

State 1 – Highest Discretionary Account 2: (Place your response here!)

State 1 – Highest Discretionary Account 3: (Place your response here!)

State 1 – Highest Discretionary Account 4: (Place your response here!)

State 2 – Highest Discretionary Account 1: (Place your response here!)

State 2 – Highest Discretionary Account 2: (Place your response here!)

State 2 – Highest Discretionary Account 3: (Place your response here!)

State 2 – Highest Discretionary Account 4: (Place your response here!)

disss 2

“Trend Analysis” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Discuss at least two (2) challenges an administrator should consider when preparing a trend analysis over a five (5) year period.

Challenge 1: (Place your response here / Justify your response (hint – use the textbook)

Challenge 2: (Place your response here / Justify your response (hint – use the textbook)

week 5

“Life Cycle Costing” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the first e-Activity, discuss at what point the budget analyst should decide when the product should be terminated during the life cycle analysis. Justify your response with reasons and an example (Place your response here, with a Justification and an Example).

Discuss two to three actions a budget analyst should review consistently to alleviate over budgeting for operating and maintenance costs of a capital project.

1) Action 1(Place your response here

2) Action 2(Place your response here

diss 2

“Cost-Benefit Analysis” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):
From second e-Activity (Parts 1–IV), assume that you submitted your analysis that recommended Project A to your superior. She, however, negated your analysis and chose Project B. Support your recommendation with at least two reasons for accepting the financial implications of Project A.

Reason 1: (Place your response here!)

Reason 2:(Place your response here!)

Discuss at least one advantage and one disadvantage of ex ante analysis and ex post analysis. Justify your answer with examples

Advantage: (Place your response here with examples!)

Disadvantage: (Place your response here with examples!)

week 6

“The Financial Plan”Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Based on the e-Activities, assess and explain the restrictions placed on state and local government debt in your state. Provide examples to support your answer. (Provide the Websites’ URLs in your discussion.)(Place your response here!)

Identify at least two methods needed to avoid restriction limits.

Method 1: (Place your response here!)

Method 2: (Place your response here!)

diss 2

“Budget Decisions” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):
Discuss the major challenges that you believe the public will encounter as a result of the proposed budget. Justify your answer with examples.(Place your response here!)

Speculate on the optimal stage during the budget decision making these challenges could be minimized. Justify your answer with examples.(Place your response here!)

disss 2

“Trend Analysis” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Discuss at least two (2) challenges an administrator should consider when preparing a trend analysis over a five (5) year period.

Challenge 1: (Place your response here / Justify your response (hint – use the textbook)

Challenge 2: (Place your response here / Justify your response (hint – use the textbook)

week 8

“Allocation and Allotments” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the first e-Activity,examine and evaluate the disparity of your state’s budget allocation for education and property tax to the various localities(Place your response here)

Based on your assessment, challenge or defend the equity of the system across the various localities(Place your response here)

diss 2

“Variance Analysis” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):
Recommend at least two strategies a budget analyst can apply to ensure that the budget is performing according to the established performance indicators. Justify your response.

Strategy 1 (Place your response here)

Strategy 2 (Place your response here)

From the e-Activity on “Variance Analysis” propose at least two actions a budget analyst can take to avoid assumptions in budget items to avoid overlooking favorable or adverse line items in the budget. Provide examples to justify your response.

Action 1: (Place your response here)

Action 2: (Place your response here)

week 7

“Presenting the Budget”Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

From the first e-Activity, discuss two (2) recommendations the authors make regarding the applicability of performance budgeting to the current United States government.

Recommendation 1: (Place your response here!)

Recommendation 2: (Place your response here!)

Assume you have been appointed as the new budget analyst for a federal agency. Propose two to three (2-3) strategies for connecting performance indicators to the budget. Provide examples to support your response

Strategy 1: (Place your response here!)

Strategy 2: (Place your response here!)

Strategy 3: (Place your response here!)

diss 2

“Writing Budget Justifications” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):
From the e-Activity, provide three justifications for an increase to the four highest discretionary spending accounts.

Justification 1: (Place your response here!)

Justification 2: (Place your response here!)

Justification 3: (Place your response here!)

From the e-Activity, provide three justifications for a decrease to the four highest discretionary spending accounts.

Justification 1: (Place your response here!)

Justification 2: (Place your response here!)

Justification 3: (Place your response here!)

week 9

“Multiyear Plans” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Propose at least two strategies to avoid assumptions in a multiyear plan.

Strategy 1: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

Strategy 2: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

diss 2
“Analyses” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Recommend at least two best practices for analyzing multiyear financial statements. Justify your response.

Best Practice 1: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

Best Practice 2: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

week 9

“Multiyear Plans” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Propose at least two strategies to avoid assumptions in a multiyear plan.

Strategy 1: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

Strategy 2: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

diss 2
“Analyses” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Recommend at least two best practices for analyzing multiyear financial statements. Justify your response.

Best Practice 1: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

Best Practice 2: (Place your response here/Justify your response)

week 10

“Major Tax Structures” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

1) From the e-Activity on the “Quarterly Summary of State & Local Tax Revenue,” illustrate with examples the burden of state, local, and state-local taxation in your state. (Place your response here!)

2) Compare the burden of your state with two neighboring states. (Place your response here!)

diss 2
“General Taxes” Please respond to the following:

Review the following scenario and then analyze the impact of tax holidays on the budget.
(a) Scenario: Several states have declared sales tax holidays for which the state does not collect sales tax on selected items for those day or days. In most instances, the holiday has applied to purchases of .homeworkminutes.com/question/view/72760/strayer-pad505-week-10-discussions-latest-may-2015#”>clothing and the period has been a week to 10 days in August. The primary reason is to provide a “back-to-school” discount as families get ready for the upcoming year. However, in recent years, some states have proposed or enacted holidays for hurricane survival supplies, gasoline, Energy Star appliances, and guns and ammunition.
(b) Impact Analysis: Analyze the impact of tax holidays of up to 10 days in your state. Create a table with two (columns. The first column should list Yield, Equity, Administration and Compliance, and Economic Impact. The second column should explain the impact of tax holidays in each area.

“Review” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):

Recommend three (3) strategies you might use as a first-time administrator to ensure that you are effective in the role.

Strategy 1: (Place your response here!)

Strategy 2: (Place your response here!)

Strategy 3: (Place your response here!)

diss 2

“Recall” Copy and Paste this Format when responding (do not post attachments):
Describe three (3) concepts or skills you learned in the course that you can apply in your current or future professional life.

Concepts or skills 1: (Place your response here!)

Concepts or skills 2: (Place your response here!)

Concepts or skills 3: (Place your response here!)

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