PA 581 Final Exam


PA 581 Final Exam 
(TCO G) Explain the importance of Pareto Improvement to a governmental…

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PA 581 Final Exam 

PA 581 Final Exam

A+ Governmental Budgeting and Finance 

(TCO A) One of our lectures discusses the budget execution stage of the budget cycle. Please identify and explain each of the major steps in the budget execution process. (Points : 25)

The budget execution process begins after a legal appropriation. It consists of recording the bill from the appropriations bill, monitoring the commitments and…

(TCO D) Property taxes receive a number of complaints from some taxpayers and many politicians. Please identify at least three of these complaints, and discuss them in detail. Refer to standards such as vertical equity, horizontal equity, and regressiveness as you discuss these complaints. (Points : 25)

In the U.S., property tax matters have a long history, which began in the colonial period when activities were defense- and justice-related were financed by landowners according…

(TCO C) Quarterly allotments for the appropriation to the State Library System for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 201X and ending on June 30, 201Y were as follows: 

Q1: $5,500,000
Q2: $5,750,000
Q3: $6,500,000
Q4: $7,250,000

On December 31, 201X, budgetary status reports showed expenditures of $11,000,000 and encumbrances of $500,000. Using an accrual accounting concept, what was the budgetary status of Library Systems as of that December 31 date?

Show and label all work and state your conclusion.
As of the end of the third quarter, the Library System shows expenditures of $18,000,000 and has $4,000,000 in encumbrances. It projects that spending in the fourth quarter will be $250,000 more than what was initially allotted for that budget period. Determine the amount of the supplemental appropriation, if any, which must be requested in order to end the fiscal year with a balanced budget.
 (Points : 25)

The appropriations for first 2 quarters (up to 31st December)

= $5, 500, 0000 + $5,750,000 = $11,250,000

The budgetary status showed expenditure of…

(TCO F) Answer completely all of the following questions:

Why do state and local governments go into debt?
What is a municipal bond?
How does a municipal bond differ from a corporate bond?
What is Net Interest Cost (NIC) and how does it differ from True Interest Cost (TIC)?
What role does TIC play in governmental capital project financing?

Based on our class discussion it is difficult to pinpoint the reason as to why the state and local governments go into debt.  Many factors play rolls in their decision making…

(TCO E) What is the purpose of a tax system? One of the basic criteria that is considered when a tax system is evaluated is the equity standard. Please provide your interpretations of these items: 1. Purpose of a tax system and 2. Equity (Points : 25)

The purpose of a tax or revenue system is to enable the government to carry out its role of providing goods and services to the public through the court…

(TCO A, B) What is the meaning of a budget format? Governmental budgets may be organized in line-item, program, and performance formats. What are the differences among these three approaches? Make an argument that builds a case for hybrid presentations that includes all three elements. (Points : 25)

Three levels of government are crucial in public finance and budgeting.  These include the federal, state, and local government levels.  According to the U.S…

(TCO A, B) Our text addresses the federal deficit and relevant laws and measures for controlling and preventing deficits. Please explain each of these measures in detail.  These areas are (1) debt limits; (2) aggregate budgeting; (3) targets and enforcement; and (4) spending controls, PAYGO, and adjustable deficit targets.  (Points : 25)

The following deficit and relevant laws are as followed; PAYGO is the practice in the United States of financing costs with funds that…

(TCO G) Explain the importance of Pareto Improvement to a governmental unit.

A public project produces the following individual benefits for stakeholders stated in terms of present values when an appropriate social discount rate of 15% is used: Al = $8,000; Bev = $20,000; and Chris = $11,000. The present value of the total cost of completing and maintaining this project equals $36,000.

  • Explain the importance of Pareto Improvement.
  • Is this project economically feasible from the social point of view? Explain.
  • If stakeholders knew that each would be held responsible (through taxation) for 1/3 of the project costs, would this project be accepted under majority rule? Why or why not? Be very specific, using numbers in your answer.
  • In principle, could Bev, the major beneficiary, financially “cut deals” with Al and/or Chris so as to ENSURE that they would vote for the project? Using only the numbers given in the project statement as your starting data, specify how this could be done. (Points : 25)

Pareto improvement is an economic activity, which ensures that no involved party sustains any loss and in which one of the parties receives some…

(TCO H) List the steps in the capital budget process and explain each of them. (Points : 25)

The capital budget focuses on the attainment and maintenance of long-term assets, such as roads, highways, bridges, roads, schools, hospitals, water supply pipes, public…

(TCO I) Below is a table showing the income of individuals A and B together with their food and clothing purchases in an untaxed environment (NOTE: K = 1000).
Individual Income Food Clothing
A $20,000 $5,000 $2,000
B $50,000 $8,000 $8,000

Before even considering any particular numbers, define precisely what is meant when we say that a tax system is regressive. Do the same for what is meant by progressive. 

Suppose a general sales tax of 5% is applied to all purchases, and purchasing behavior does not change as a result. In consideration of the sum total of ALL sales taxes paid, illustrate why this tax system is regressive. Hint: Develop a calculation table for analysis.

There is a proposal on the government table to exempt EITHER food OR clothing from the sales tax base. The purpose of this proposal is to seek progressivity rather than regressivity in the sales tax system. Provide a reasoned recommendation supported by calculations as to which option should be selected. (Points : 25)

A progressive tax is a tax that the tax rate is increased as the taxable amount is increased. Progressive is referred to the way the…

PA 581 Final Exam