Answer the following questions:
Q1: Evaluate the level of the impact that political influence has exerted upon the budgetary process overall. Suggest three to four strategies that the managers could deploy in order to influence the budget process.
Q2: From the weekly readings, review the types of budgets presented, and respond to the following scenario: A friend who is a city manager once commented that he liked to put a so-called “radio” item within each budget—an item that would make a lot of noise and attract attention but could be “unplugged” easily. He said that after the council had focused all of its attention on that item and it was finally removed, the council would approve everything else with little question. Imagine that you are preparing a budget for presentation to the council. Propose two-to-three tactics that you would use in order to attract attention to and distract attention from a particular line item.
Q3: Take a position on whether or not the practice of the spoils system is evident within today’s public administration agencies. Provide two to three examples of such evidence in order to support your response.
Q4: Review the information on Pendleton Act of 1883 located in Chapter 6 of the textbook. Hypothesize three to four revisions that a law maker could consider in order to improve performance and eliminate political influence in today’s government agencies. Provide a rationale for your response.