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Title: Budget Advocacy 101


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Budget Advocacy 101
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Federal Sources Provided More Than One-Third of
Ohios Total Revenues in 2007
State Sources 27.7 billion
Federal Sources 15.7 billion
Source OBM
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Government Provides More Than 96 of Cuyahoga
Countys Major Health and Social Service Spending
(three year average)
Gund Fdn 3 million
Cleveland Foundation 31 million
United Way 33 million
County General Fund 209 million
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State Human Service Subsidies 1.7 billion
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What is a Public Budget?
  • A series of goals with price tags attached
  • A political document
  • An instrument of planning
  • A means of balancing revenues and expenditures
  • A semi-judicial process where agencies come to
    the legislature to plead their case
  • An instrument of gubernatorial or presidential
    policy
  • A system of control without which agencies would
    bankrupt states in two years
  • Public relations

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The Budget Cycle
Preparation Submission
Legislative Review Appropriations
Oversight
Execution
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The Federal Budget Calendar
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The State Budget Calendar
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The budget process at the state and federal
levels are similar
  • Begins with the introduction of executive budget
    in February
  • Departments testify near the beginning of the
    process
  • Committee activity is important
  • There are multiple bills that comprise the budget
  • The budgets are evaluated by a non-partisan
    legislative body (CRS for Fed, LSC for Ohio)
  • Have a statutory deadline

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The budget process at the state and federal
levels are different
  • Ohio must balance its budget, the feds can run a
    deficit
  • Ohio budgets for two years, the feds budget every
    year
  • Ohios fiscal year runs July 1 June 30, the
    federal fiscal year runs Oct 1 Sept 30
  • Ohios budget and appropriations are in one bill,
    the feds do them separately
  • Ohio must meet its deadline, the feds can pass
    continuing resolutions

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Key Budget Players
  • Legislators Caucus Staff
  • Administration Officials
  • Governors Staff
  • Agency Directors
  • Legislative Leadership
  • Department Staff
  • Legislative Staff
  • Committee Members

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Why Advocate?
  • Policymakers need your expertise
  • Advocacy helps people
  • The views of local organizations are important
  • Advocacy advances your cause and builds public
    trust

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How can I advocate effectively?
  • Work with other agencies
  • Stay informed about issues and legislation
  • Engage the community
  • Use the media
  • Communicate with legislators
  • Relationships Information

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Strategies and Tactics
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Strategies and Tactics
  • Develop concrete proposals early
  • Maintain a continuous presence in the policy
    arena
  • Cultivate credibility
  • Invite lawmakers to meet and observe
  • Use every opportunity to testify
  • Enlist known community leaders
  • Maintain focus on objectives

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Basics of Budget Advocacy Common Pitfalls
  • Day late, dollar short
  • Engaging only at budget time
  • Soft Ask
  • Authorization vs. Appropriation
  • Simply filling out the form

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Additional Resources
  • Coalitions Human Service Advocates Network,
    Have a Heart Ohio, Campaign to Protect Ohios
    Future, Ohio Federal Budget Coalition
  • Websites Tools for the Budget Advocate
  • Books Follow the Money, The Nonprofit Lobbying
    Guide
  • Trainings General advocacy, budget training
    academies

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Budget Advocacy 101Emily Campbellecampbell_at_Com
munitySolutions.com
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