Select a public program that has recently undergone a significant budgetary change.
For example, suppose a state cut funding for a domestic violence program. What possible changes in public policy and the political process could have led to this decision? What may be the result? Or, suppose federal and state environmentalists have recommended cuts to highway funding to reduce environmental impact. How might this reduction in funding affect the maintenance of state and federal roads, safety, and so on?
Discuss your topic with your instructor prior to beginning the assignment. Be sure to obtain instructor approval for the topic.
Write a paper of no more than 1,750 words about how the political process and changing public policy at the federal, state, and municipal levels influence budgeting. Detail how the change came about and its effect on the resulting program.
Include the following in your paper:
- Identify political, economic, social, and cultural influences that caused the change in the budget
- Identify the interaction among the federal, state, and municipal levels with regard to your program
- Specify the limits of the agency budget office and how they may try to compensate for those limits
- What strategies agencies and politicians might use to justify increasing or decreasing the budget for the program you selected
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.