Maintaining Budgetary Discipline: Spending and Revenue Options

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Sherry Snyder
DIANE Publishing, 1999 - 284 pages
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Compiles 250 specific policy options for reducing federal spending or increasing revenues in a wide variety of programs. It is intended to help policymakers maintain budgetary discipline and accomplish related policy goals. Part One includes more than 200 options for reducing spending, organized by the functional categories of the budget. Part Two presents more than 50 options for generating revenues. The report concludes with an appendix listing the scorekeeping guidelines used to enforce the discretionary spending limits and pay-as-you-go requirement of the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 (as amended). Charts and tables.

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