01-03-04-04:Office Of Energy And Planning, Administration

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01-03-04-04:Office Of Energy And Planning, Administration

Postby Andy Sylvia » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:36 pm

Fiscal Year 2008. $688,817 comes from Federal Funds (01-03-04-04-00), $6,724 comes from Agency Income (01-03-04-04-07) and $10,214 comes from another form of Agency Income. (01-03-04-04-07)

I'm curious about the the difference between the two forms of income, it doesn't differentiate how the two are different.

The rest comes from the General Fund

10 Personal Services - Permanent 419,754
16 Personal Services - Non-Classified 287,795
20 Current Expense - 43,725
22 Rents and Leases Other Than State 147,200
27 Transfers to OIT 100,534
30 Equipment New/Replacement 5,000
40 Indirect Costs 5,449
41 Audit Fund Set Aside 689
42 Additional Fringe Benefits 24,430
49 Transfers To Other State Agencies 700
60 Benefits 341,746
70 In-State Travel 750
80 Out-Of State Travel 4,277
96 Connecticut River Valley Flood Control 2,000
99 Headstart Contracts 331,337
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Re: 01-03-04-04:Office Of Energy And Planning, Administration

Postby platypusman » Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:16 pm

Andy thanks for your fine work here but I am questioning if voters really want to be responsible for the examination of individual budget line items. My guess is voters would rather their representatives address a broader discourse with their constituents. Instead I would think voters would want increased spending or decreased spending in a specific area such as human services or department of safety but desire not to delve into individual line items.

Similarly in the area of state revenues, I believe voters want to know if Andy Sylvia supports increased taxes or a decrease in taxes.
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Re: 01-03-04-04:Office Of Energy And Planning, Administration

Postby RBarnes » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:18 am

platypusman wrote:Andy thanks for your fine work here but I am questioning if voters really want to be responsible for the examination of individual budget line items. My guess is voters would rather their representatives address a broader discourse with their constituents. Instead I would think voters would want increased spending or decreased spending in a specific area such as human services or department of safety but desire not to delve into individual line items.


Platy, I think your looking at it the wrong way... This helps to educate voters. When people like yourself suggest cutting away at the budget, the response from the tax and spenders is it would harm education, fire or police... usually one of the big three. This creates fear in people and causes them to hesitate in supporting cuts.

If you could however argue that say the Gov's portion of the budget can be cut by 1 million, or that the energy and planning budget could be cut by 1 million then they can't create any FUD in the minds of the uninformed. Likewise if the average public could begin questioning the state government with intelligent well formed questions about specifics of the budget it also makes it hard for the Gov to defend unjustified spending. Right now Lynch can because most people have no clue where the money goes. And since he's refusing to release quarterly spending reports it's making it even hard to see where the money is really being spent.

Andy's at least showing a little glimpse of a much larger picture... and you know what they say, Sunshine is the ultimate disinfectant.
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Re: 01-03-04-04:Office Of Energy And Planning, Administration

Postby platypusman » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:22 am

You make good points but I still would like Andy to go on the record about his support for broadbase taxes.
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Re: 01-03-04-04:Office Of Energy And Planning, Administration

Postby RD » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:49 am

platypusman wrote:You make good points but I still would like Andy to go on the record about his support for broadbase taxes.

Andy has already stated that he has no time for the likes of you. He's busy running a real campaign, not an anonymous one.
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Re: 01-03-04-04:Office Of Energy And Planning, Administration

Postby rowland » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:41 am

RBarnes wrote:Platy, I think your looking at it the wrong way... This helps to educate voters. When people like yourself suggest cutting away at the budget, the response from the tax and spenders is it would harm education, fire or police... usually one of the big three. This creates fear in people and causes them to hesitate in supporting cuts.


I'll second this.

I'll give Andy credit on this point. He's educating voters and that's a good thing.
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