April 22, 2010; Third Sector Online | As part of its process of formulating its 2010 budget, the Scottish Parliament’s finance committee asked nonprofits there for improvements in how public services are funded and run. Seventeen not insubstantial organizations such as the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, Community Care Providers Scotland, Oxfam and Save the Children responded. As summarized by the SCVO, the “key themes” in the nonprofit sector’s responses were “a call for the Scottish Government to focus on preventive spending, a warning against cutting budgets without careful thought and a belief that the Government should work with third sector organisations to develop more effective services.” That’s a common sense recipe that should be heeded by state and municipal governments here in the U.S. Too often, that Scottish good sense is missed in some U.S. state capitols.—Rick Cohen

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