budget dust


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budget dust

A small and/or inconsequential amount of money, often as remains after a larger budgeted amount is spent. To most people, $2,000 is a lot to spend on anything, but to the country's mega rich, it is merely budget dust. After paying for all of those repairs, only budget dust is left over.
See also: budget, dust

budget dust

n. a minor amount of money considering the size of the entire budget; money left over at the end of the budget year. The amount is just budget dust, chump change! What’s the big deal?
See also: budget, dust
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I think it's shameful that we battle over budget dust for some of these programs that are so absolutely vital, and the ultimate absurdity is that when people don't get these services, they default to more expensive nursing home care," she says.
As industry waits for the budget dust storm to settle in Washington, several hot topics are dominating the conversation in corporate suites.
That's really budget dust, but who the hell knows what's going to happen," he says.
When the budget dust finally settled, the Legal Services Corporation was funded at $305 million for 1999-2000 -- $5 million more than LSC received last year for legal aid programs
That is budget dust," Martinez Fischer told his colleagues.