While the two parties that control the state legislature (House Republicans and Senate Republicans) continue their squabble over the budget, school districts and local governments must try to stumble along without knowing how much money they can spend.
Becki Gray, vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation, offers some advice on how to fill in the details. She begins with a suggestion to "be honest in our accounting."
"Count all spending, including capital and repairs and renovation reserves, grants, etc," she advises. "Keep it all lined up online. No accounting gimmicky allowed."