September 4, 2007

The "Handbook"

So I finished the Florida TaxWatch handbook for new governors. Platitudes-a-plenty but there are a few recurring themes in the recollections of former chiefs of staff and budget directors:

1) Don't hire campaign staff for senior policy posts

2) Hit the ground running with the legislature right after you win: liaise, liaise, liaise

3) Get your budget cookin' quick, hire a budget director soon

And then somehow you keep your sanity governing 67 counties spread over two time zones...

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