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How BFO Works

"The usual, political way to handle a projected deficit is to take last year's budget and cut. It is like taking last year's family car and reducing its weight with a blowtorch and shears. But cutting $2 billion from this vehicle does not make it a compact; it makes it a wreck. What is wanted is a budget designed from the ground up."

  • Seattle Times editorial, Nov. 17, 2002 on Washington state’s use of a BFO process.

In BFO, last year's budget is not the starting point for incremental cuts and additions in the following year, so a new budget -- based on results citizens want -- is designed from the ground up. The BFO budget-building process includes these four steps:


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Read More for Detailed Descriptions of each Step