Discussion of MD's budget during the pandemic on Sunil Dasgupta's new podcast "I Hate Politics" (which he doesn't). May 7, 2021, starting at minute 6:37.

Maryland Matters series, with Warren Deschenaux:

          Maryland's Budget Should Be More Comprehensive and Understandable, November 19, 2020.    Fix for broken link in article to Comptroller's flawed "personal tax receipt" webpage 
                                                                                                                                                                      HB 113 expands BRE revenue estimate coverage
          On Covid and MD's budget, October 9, 2020

For Question 1 on November ballot, September 14, 2020.      Referendum result

Trump’s Destructively Aberrant Approach To Federal Budgeting, draft book chapter.  NYT comment that Trump can't legally withhold election assistance funds (and adding a comment here that wasn't picked up: he might be able to get away with it if the federal courts act in a partisan way)

Testimony on HB 1628,  Sales and Use Tax - Rate Reduction and Services, Committee on Ways and Means, Maryland House of Delegates, March 2, 2020

Panel member at "Better Budget Process Summit,” Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Washington, D.C., February 25, 2020

The Problem and the Process Are Both Problems: Why the Joint Select committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform Failed, working paper, with Philip G. Joyce.

Wisconsin Public Radio Central Time discussion of Trump FY21 budget, 2/11/2020.

The Port Covington TIF: Did Baltimore "Protect This House?", in Craig L. Johnson and Kenneth A. Kriz, eds., 2019.  Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development: Uses, Structures and Impact, second edition.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 83-99.

Interviews and comments on the 2018-2019 Trump shutdown: New York Times, December 23; The Takeaway, January 8; Ken Rudin's Political Junkie, ( 25:03-40:39) January 10; Wisconsin Public Radio, January 11; Vox, January 9; Time, January 12; Marketplace's Make Me Smart. January 29.

Recommendations on Baltimore County budget process and document, December 29, 2018

Moderator of ASPA Book Talk with Andrew Kleine on his book City on the Line, October 11, 2018

Why we are thankful that Maryland didn’t ‘win’ Amazon HQ2, op-ed co-authored with Eric Stokan,, November 19, 2018.

Comments on receipt of the Aaron Wildavsky Award for lifetime scholarly achievement from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Denver, October 5, 2018.

Editor of virtual issue on Congressional Budget Process Reform, Public Budgeting and Finance, August 2018

"Roughly Speaking" podcast with Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun, "Deficits in the Trillions in the Trump Era," April 27, 2018

Maryland Should Not “One-Click Order” Huge Subsidies for Amazon, op-ed co-authored with Eric Stokan,, March 6, 2018

Is the U.S. Congress An Insurmountable Obstacle to Any "Far-Sighted Conception of Budgeting"?, proof of article in Public Budgeting and Finance, which holds the copyright, 37: Winter 2017, 5-24.

Why Trump's "skinny budget" is already dead, The Conversation, March 8, 2017

How Democrats can help Trump make the ACA’s replacement ‘terrific,’ The Conversation, February 9, 2017

Comments at Brookings Institution event (webcast) : "The federal budget process: Turning reform into political reality," October 18, 2016

Comments on Enzi budget process reform proposal, especially budget concepts commission, at event hosted by The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, September 19, 2016.  CSPAN video.

Brookings brief on political feasibility of budget process reform, April 18, 2016

Testimony on budget process reform to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, April 13, 2016

Oped on mandate relief and legislative budget powers, MarylandReporter, March 20, 2016, and associated testimony

Obama may be a lame duck, but his final budget isn’t, The Conversation, February 19, 2016

Comments to redistricting commission, October 13, 2015

"Don’t misinterpret Mercatus low ranking of Maryland’s fiscal health," commentary at MarylandReporter, August 18, 2015

The Political Feasibility of Doing What Is Almost Impossible: Reforming the Federal Budget Process, prepared with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to be presented at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, September 2015.  Published as a working paper by George Mason University for the National Budgeting Roundtable.

WYPR Maryland Morning on Maryland budget situation, January 9, 2015

The Implosion of the Federal Budget Process: Triggers, Commissions, Cliffs, Sequesters, Debt Ceilings, and Shutdown, Public Budgeting and Finance, 34:4, Winter 2014, 1-23, which holds the copyright.

Commentary on the so-called "easy fix" for Maryland's budget,, December 15, 2014

Op-Ed on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial election; also at, November 6, 2014

"Budgeting and Health Care Policy (1970s-Present)," a book chapter in U.S. Health Care and Health Care Policy, Thomas R. Oliver, editor, 2014, pp. 111-125.  Thousand Oaks, California: CQ Press, which holds the copyright.

"Political Institutions for Sustainable State Budgets," with Irene S. Rubin, in Sustaining the States: The Fiscal Viability of American State Governments, Marilyn Marks Rubin and Katherine G. Willoughby, eds., 2014, 13-27.  Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, which holds the copyright.  Portions of this were previously presented as "Executive Budgeting in the States: Evaluating a Reform," with Irene S. Rubin, at the annual conference of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Washington, D.C., October 13-15, 2011.

Op-Ed on Partnership to Build America Act,, July 24, 2014

Testimony on MD budget transparency bill

Politifact on misleading billboard

WYPR on MD state budget, January 13, 2014

LSE blog entry on the Ryan-Murray budget agreement, December 13, 2013

LSE blog entry on the shutdown and reform of the budget process, October 2, 2013    Follow-up commentary after end of shutdown

Selected media commentary/citations on shutdown: Wonkblog, NPR, WaPo, NYT, Le Monde, The Hill, NBC, WSJPolitifact, Politifact, and Politifact

Selected press clips/appearance on Politfact--Grayson, USA Today, Politifact--Obama, Wisconsin Public Radio, WYPR, Gazette,

"Raze the Debt Ceiling," op-ed with Phil Joyce, in the Baltimore Sun, December 19, 2012.

“Strengthening the Federal Budget Process,” with Paul Posner, Steve Redburn, and Phil Joyce, National Academy of Public Administration and American Society for Public Administration, July 12, 2012.   Condensed version in The Public Manager, December 15, 2012.  ( This article is reprinted with permission from the Volume 41 Issue 4 of The Public Manager © 2012, The Bureaucrat, Inc.)

“The Remarkable Case of Disappearing Earmarks in the United States: The Limits of Transparency Reforms,” presented at the 2012 conference of the International Public Management Network: Innovations in Public Management for Combating Corruption, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 28, 2012.  Winner of Frieder Naschold prize.  A much earlier version was presented at the annual conference of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, 2007.

Miscellaneous media commentary on Politifact re Gingrich, Obama, Lew; NPR on CRs; WYPR on MD budget; Baltimore Sun on tax increases.

"Path Dependence and the Federal Budget Process: Explanation and Prescription."  Prepared for the annual research conference of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington, September 3, 2011. Sponsored by the Practicing Politics Working Group and the Public Administration Section.

"The Executive Budget in the Federal Government: The First Century and Beyond," with Irene S. Rubin.  This is an electronic version of an article published in Public Administration Review, 71:3, May/June 2011, 334-344, copyright 2011 American Society for Public Administration.  See also the responses that follow in this issue from Matt Andrews and Joachim Wehner.

"Several Modest Proposals," comments prepared for Thursday's Child panel on "Children and Federal-State Budget Tradeoffs," Urban Institute, March 17, 2011.  Video

Correcting Michelle Bachmann in, March 8, 2011

Media commentary on possible shutdown in WaPo, Slate, Reuters, BusinessWeek, NPR, AFP

A blast from the past, which for no good reason is now timely
: "Late Appropriations and Government Shutdowns: Frequency, Causes, Consequences, and Remedies," Public Budgeting and Finance, Fall 1997.

MD budget/election commentary pre-election, January 2011.

Budget Questions for the Maryland Election and Beyond, September 17, 2010

Comments for American Political Science Association panel on "Hard Times and Ph.D.s: The Political Science Job Market and Non-Academic Careers," Washington, D.C., September 2, 2010.

Paper for the 6th Transatlantic Dialogue between ASPA and EGPA, Oceans Apart: Approaches to Educating Public Financial Managers about Political Institutions, Siena, Italy, June 24, 2010. commentary on Maryland budget polling

"Prospects for a Sustainable Budgetary Policy in the United States", International Conference on Financial Crisis and Macroeconomic Control, sponsored by the School of Public Finance and Taxation, Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, China, October 17, 2009.

Slides for "The 'Missing Middle' of the Federal Budget Process: Priority-Setting," to Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, September 24, 2009, Washington, D.C.

Revised version of presentation to Eastern States Legislative Fiscal Officers: "What Can Academics Teach Practitioners About Budgeting?"

Op-ed (or here) in Baltimore Sun on educating the public about the state's budget, September 8, 2009

Presentation to Peterson-Pew Budget Reform Commission on structural reform of the federal budget process, April 1, 2009 (no foolin'!)

Op-ed on using a deal on earmarks to encourage timely passage of appropriations bills, Roll Call, Tuesday March 24, 2009, p. A4.

Presentation to Peterson-Pew Budget Reform Commission on their agenda, February 20. 2009

Presentation on Capitol Hill: "Can the Budget Process Be Fixed?," sponsored by the Mercatus Center, 1/22/09.

"The 'Ball of Confusion' in Federal Budgeting: A Shadow Agenda for Deliberative Reform of the Budget Process," Public Administration Review, 69:2, March 2009, pp. 211-223.  Copyright American Society for Public Administration, published by Blackwell Publishing.  Drawn from the plenary presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Chicago, IL, October 24, 2008.

"Governance Ideas for and from the 'Knowledge Banks'," book review essay in Public Administration Review, 69: January 2009, pp. 167-171.

Increasing Budgetary Democracy and Flexibility, part of an exchange on the effects of the budget powers set out in the Maryland Constitution, from Maryland Policy Reports, Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute, June 2008.

Testimony on two Maryland budget process bills, February 2008.

Commentary (invited), on Fred Thompson and Bruce L. Gates, “Betting on the Future with a Cloudy Crystal Ball? Revenue Forecasting, Financial Theory, and Budgets--An Expanded Treatment,” Public Administration Review, Theory to Practice, September/October 2007, pp. 74-80.

Addressing Maryland’s Structural Deficit through Better Performance Budgeting and Priority-Setting, UMBC Policy Brief 5, June 2007.

"European Budget Institutions", Public Administration Review, 2006, 66:6, November, 935-938. Copyright American Society for Public Administration, published by Blackwell Publishing.

“The Return of Budget Deficits in the United States”, Public Administration Review, 2006, 66: 2, March, pp. 294-7.  Copyright American Society for Public Administration, published by Blackwell Publishing.

Congressional Budgeting at Age 30: Is It Worth Saving?", with Philip G. Joyce.  Public Budgeting and Finance, 2005, Silver Anniversary Issue, pp. 68-82.  Copyright Public Financial Publications, Inc., published by Blackwell Publishing.

See also at original source book review essay: Jerry L. McCaffery and L.R. Jones, Budgeting and Financial Management for National Defense, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2004; and ibid, Budgeting and Financial Management in the Federal Government, 2001; for International Public Management Journal, 8: 2, pp. 289-292.

Remarks and slides for "It's Time for a Second Commission on Budget Concepts," presented at the Third Annual Congressional Budget Office Director's Conference, Russell Senate Caucus Room, September 14, 2004

Testimony on SB 381, sponsor Senator Jones, Managing for Results and the budget prioritization process in Maryland, March 23, 2004

Testimony on HB 1247, sponsor Delegate Branch (crossfile SB 370, sponsor Senator Hogan), Constitutional Amendment on Additions to the Operating Budget, House Appropriations Committee, Maryland General Assembly, March 9, 2004

How Can Maryland's Budget Process Be Improved?, coauthored with Thomas S. Pilkerton, September 2003, Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.  Accompanying spreadsheet of Oregon-Style Measures for Maryland.

Budgeting during the Clinton Presidency, coauthored with Philip G. Joyce, Public Budgeting and Finance, 21: Spring 2001, pp. 1-21. (Posted to this page with the permission of Blackwell Publishers)

Testimony before the House Rules Committee on biennial budgeting, March 16, 2000.


“Legislative Budgeting in Mexico: Aspirations and Choices” for the Conference on Reform of the State: Budgeting and Public Spending in Mexico, January 27, 2000, sponsored by Centro de Investigatión y Docencia Económicas and Camara de Diputados, Government of Mexico.

Comments at the Opening Plenary of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, October 7, 1999, Washington, D.C., on the topic of "Federal Budget Structure and Concepts for a New Millenium: Revolt, Reform, or Renewal?"

Paper written for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Mary Lasker Trust: "Federal Financing for Medical Research Through Trust Funds and Entitlements", February 15, 1999.

Regulatory Budgeting: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come?  Policy Sciences, 31: December 1998, pp. 371-384.

Is There a Key to the Normative Budgeting Lock?  Policy Sciences, 29: 1996,  pp. 171-188.

Joint budget resolution

Handbook of Government Budgeting

Strategic Budgeting

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