budget dust


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budget dust

A recently coined term referring to money remaining in an annual budget which must be spent—or else lost—before it is absorbed by the enterprise, and viewed in the future as an allocation that was overbudgeted.
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"Budget dust" is the term sometimes applied to those extra dollars, explains Rodney Tosten, vice president of IT and a professor of computer science at Gettysburg College (Pa.).
As industry waits for the budget dust storm to settle in Washington, several hot topics are dominating the conversation in corporate suites.
Though the cost of AMHCA's Medicare LMHC bill is very slight--what many lobbyists call "budget dust"--pressure from the American people to curb government spending has many members, both Democrat and Republican, reconsidering what legislation they will support.