As a basketball fan, this is my favourite time of year with the US college basketball tournament affectionately called March Madness taking over my television screen. Of course, I'm only watching to better my own skills on the court!
March Madness is also an apt term for the silly season of March where we wait for word from the various government funders about what levels of funding, if any, that they will provide to support work with vulnerable populations in our communities.
For some, March is spending season where remaining budget amounts are spent before they are lost for the next fiscal year starting April 1. (aptly called April Fools Day to commemmorate this ridiculous use/misuse of funds) For others, March is spent worrying about the next budget and how nice it would be to focus on positive outcomes for our clients.
This Madness is particularly true this March as we wait for another round of potentially deep cuts at the provincial level. (We are still paying for the deep cuts made by a "revered" former politician. I was disturved to read a headline recently asking what that former politician would do in our current situation, but that's best left for a personal conversation!)
For once, can we escape this Madness and build a responsible budget for our province that makes good use of the wealth we've been so fortunate to have under our feet? If not, we only have the enclosed fairy tale to guide us.
What are your thoughts?
(the views expressed in this blog are my personal views and do not represent the views of the Open Door. I just know the password to this blog!)
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