Until I set up a blog of my own, here are my published articles (click the thumbnails on the right)
"Much can and should be done to improve financial statements and budget reports as forms of communication to the public; however, there are several misconceptions about these documents that exacerbate a reader’s confusion and hamper those who seek to reform financial reporting and budgeting."
"As with transparency, accountability breaks down when there is organizational dysfunction (e.g., internal political battles, lack of trust, etc.). Accountability also breaks down when decision-makers hide behind the collective decision-making process. (“The consensus made me do it!”) In such an environment, it is easy to forego accountability in favor of scapegoats, obfuscation, or cynicism."
"The programs cities have added this year raise expectations for the future and will be difficult to curtail. When the federal relief money runs dry and the next economic downturn comes, it will be too late to avoid a real panic."
"If school districts across the State do not successfully negotiate moderate salary adjustments, future salary discussions will be even more contentious. Board members will have smaller reserves and fewer one-time resources to deliver stable educational services. Further, the per pupil cost of public sector education, which already exceeds that of comparable private institutions, will continue to escalate. "