Rethinking Budgeting

Budgeting for Equity

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Many local governments are taking an interest in “budgeting for equity,” which, broadly defined, means allocating local government resources in a way that is intended to address unfair disparities between different groups of people, such as racial groups or income groups.

Budgeting for equity is important, first, because it is the ethical duty of local government budget officials to develop a budget that is fair. Equity is one perspective on fairness that has historically not been given much attention in local governments.

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