After reviewing the Learn section for the assigned module, you will write a 2–4 page research
paper analyzing a serious dilemma as a public official. As a local mayor, local commissioner,
state legislator, or state governor, you are faced with a sizeable structural deficit. However, in
order to help create more jobs and foster innovation, you are constantly being lobbied to build a
state of the art high tech facility in your area of responsibility. How do you solve this dilemma?
This assignment must be formatted in current APA format, including a title page, sectional
headings, and a References section. It must also utilize 3–5 scholarly sources, which may include
course materials (textbooks and presentations) and the Bible.
If you choose to be a mayor, you are facing a structural deficit of $100,000.
You have annual town revenues of $1,200,000.
This year, you have outlays topping $1,300,000. And your annual projections only get
If you choose to be a county commissioner, you are facing a structural deficit of $1,000,000.
You have annual county revenues of $11,000,000.
This year, you have outlays topping $12,000,000. And your annual projections only get
If you choose to be a state legislator or state governor, you are facing a structural deficit of
You have annual state revenues of $10.2 billion.
This year, you have outlays topping $10.3 billion. And your annual projections only get
In all three situations, you need to bring in new revenue to fix your structural deficit. You also
have several public unions that periodically need new negotiations on their collective bargaining
agreements (CBAs). You notice that there are several contributors to your structural deficit:
Your old CBA with your teachers union needs to be adjusted (the retirements in your old
CBA has helped contribute to your structural deficit); they’re demanding a 1% raise and
they helped get you elected in the previous election
Your economy has also been slowing down and each of your first two years in office as
your unemployment rate has ticked up from 1% to 2%.
There is no local college where the lobbyists are trying to put this high tech facility, and
your local population doesn’t necessarily have the skillsets to work at the new high tech
You have to do something or you will likely lose your seat in the next election.