Budget Dust


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Budget Dust

A minor line item in a budget. For example, if a family has a mortgage of $2,000 and monthly credit card debt service of a further $1,800, the $40 it spends on parking each month may be considered budget dust.
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In order to- work, they have to drive," said Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business, who said the revenue generated by program was "budget dust."
"I think it's shameful that we battle over budget dust for some of these programs that are so absolutely vital, and the ultimate absurdity is that when people don't get these services, they default to more expensive nursing home care," she says.
Departments of revenue in other states that have considered franchisor sales reporting have realized that it yields little if any "budget dust."