Budget Day is all about short-term changes to catch the eye while ignoring longer-term plans to address bigger picture

EACH year on Budget Day I ask a similar question — why do we cram so many economic changes into a single day?

Just a few issues catch sufficient media and public attention to get proper scrutiny, but the rest just goes by in a blur.

Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrath

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Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrathCredit: PA:Press Association

The Government’s insistence on increasing carbon taxes “per ton” is

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Divided Birmingham City Council yet to find consensus to address a stark budget

This is an opinion column.



a sign in front of a building: Birmingham City Hall


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Birmingham City Hall

They didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, only six weeks or so to devise a game plan. A strategy. Anything to combat the $63 million behemoth staring them—staring all of us—dead in the face.

The $63 million revenue shortfall that spawned Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s contentious, long-delayed, COVID-19-pummelled $412 million FY21 budget.

The

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