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BookTalk: City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed its Budget and How You Can Too

October 11, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET

In his new book City On The Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes, former Baltimore budget director Andrew Kleine asks why the way government does its most important job—deciding how to spend taxpayer dollars—hasn’t changed in 100, maybe 1,000, years. Part memoir, manifesto and manual, this book tells the story of Baltimore’s radical departure from traditional budgeting during one of the most tumultuous decades in the city’s history. In this BookTalk, Kleine will discuss how he implemented Outcome Budgeting in Baltimore and the lessons he learned. He will talk about changing a change-resistant culture and seeding innovation across the organization. Anyone interested in getting more results from taxpayer dollars will come away with some practical advice on getting started.

Key take-aways will include:
  • Government budgeting needs to change to take on ever-growing challenges with limited resources.
  • The starting point for budgeting should be future goals, not last year's spending.
  • A better budget process is more inclusive, transparent and accountable to citizens.
  • A better budget process alone is not enough to tackle today's challenges, but it can be the seed from which innovation sprouts.

Presenters:
Andrew Kleine, Government Consultant
Andrew is a nationally recognized leader in municipal finance and performance management. He served as Baltimore’s budget director from 2008 to 2018, after nearly 15 years of federal government service that included budget and policy positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation, White House Office of Management and Budget and Corporation for National and Community Service. He now consults with local governments on budgeting for outcomes, long-term financial planning, Lean Government and pension and health benefit reform.

Roy T. Meyers, Moderator, Professor, University of Maryland—Baltimore County
Roy Meyers is a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. From 1981-1990, he was a budget analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. He earned his BA in government from Colby College and his PhD from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the National Budgeting Roundtable and the 2018 recipient of the Aaron Wildavsky Award from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. Meyers is the editor of the "Handbook of Government Budgeting" and the author of "Strategic Budgeting,” which won the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration.