The Hogan administration is employing a somewhat novel device in its budget proposal called "targeted reversions." Governors' budgets routinely include a estimate for funds agencies won't spend in the coming year for various reasons that will "revert" to the general fund. Typically, it has been about $30 million, and it is offset by "deficiencies" — that is, money state agencies have spent in excess of what was budgeted. Mr. Hogan's Fiscal 2017 proposal contains a $30 million estimate for general reversions, but also $303 million in "targeted reversions," that is, money from the current, approved budget that agencies have not spent and do not intend to. Much of it is related to declining Medicaid caseloads, but it also includes tens of millions that won't be spent by state agencies for various programs. And that's on top of the governor's planned, 2 percent across-the-board spending cuts in state agencies for the current fiscal year, which was achieved in large part by deciding not to fill vacant positions or holding them open longer than planned.