DURABLE DICTA 1. 10/31/07: "The very smart budget director of the Province of Ontario said a few years ago: 'There's a smart way to cut the budget and a stupid way. The smart way is with a scalpel, cutting out the waste. The stupid way is to tell every agency to figure out themselves how to reduce their spending by 5% or 10% or whatever, with a minimum of damage. I've been in this business for 20 years, and I prefer the stupid way.' 10/31/07 Comment, City Agencies Face Hiring Freeze, Budget Cuts, Crain's NY Business.