Video: interview w/ Hyong Yi, Mecklenburg County Director of Management & Budget: ‘How did we get here?’
Posted on 18 May 2010 by Justin Ruckman
This is the first in a series of conversations we’re having with county leaders about the current budget crisis, and specifically, on how we got to this point, and what our options are moving forward.
In this episode, we’re talking with Hyong Yi, Mecklenburg County Director of Management and Budget. We asked him the following questions:
- How did we get here? Why is there such a tremendous budget deficit?
- What steps have already been taken to reduce the deficit?
- A lot of people are confused about where the line is between City & County budgets? Can you help clarify this a little? Who is responsible for what?
- From Anonymous on Twitter: Why aren’t elected officials taking pay cuts alongside teachers?
- From Raquelita on the blog: It seems like incredibly short notice, and drastic measures are being taken, considering cuts for public libraries and schools. How could we have prevented this?
- From Rolf K Jaeger on Facebook: What have we learned?
- From Veronica Richardson on Facebook: How are we deciding on what teachers to layoff?
- From Tim Osmar on Facebook: Why is money from the state education lottery being spent on the prison system?
- From JRD on the blog: Why can’t we use reserves to balance the budget?
- From Sara on the blog: Have you done anything to try to raise money (auctions, fundraisers, donations) as a county?
- From Desiree on the blog: What’s the most important budget line item to you and why?
You can follow Hyong Yi on Twitter at @budgetbadger.
Hyong mentions a presentation he gave on the county budget situation with more in-depth data, charts and information. You can view that presentation here, courtesy WTVI.
Special thanks to WTVI (@WTVI) for allowing us the use of their studio, and for manning the cameras and audio during the shoot. We’re still experimenting with how best to use a studio setup for our interviews, so expect us to switch up the aesthetics and format with each iteration as we find our sweet spot.