Putting the 'Budget' in Budget

We liked the Statesman's City Budget Project the first time – when it was called the City Budget.

While we'll give them an A for effort, the Statesman's trumpeted City Budget Project ain't exactly the searchable, taggable, citizen-journo Web 2.0 monster you'd hope it'd be. No, instead it relies on this newfangled technology called the Portable Document Format (PDF). Much like you can find, eh – here.

As for those promises of interactivity and discussion, we found this well-reasoned, non-alarmist chestnut:

Wanting to know how such a facility could exist which admits it harbors illegal aliens, I went to their website. There I was appalled to find out that the City of Austin provides support for the facility.

We've got to hand it to them – somehow the Statesman managed to make the budget more tedious. Bravo!

Full budget analysis arriving in tomorrow's print edition. Cîao!

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