Read my post history if you'd like more context. Long story short, the relevant part is that we're a profitable company.
I received my 2023 budget and it's the same as last year despite vendor increases. On top of that, the CEO added "strategic goals" for 2023 that require further spend including the onboarding of many new employees (these are not my hires). So realistically, to support more people I need a much higher budget. I've explained this and the average cost to on board an employee.
I pushed out non-essential projects and I recalculated out my estimated spend for 2023 and we run out in August if we don't cut something. I've shown this and listed out options to cut (honestly, it's a hard decision since there's no good options) and she replied telling me to figure out how to do it all - no cuts.
I was also told not to tell other employees. But I will need to soon since the budget will affect how they operate too.
It's like one of those "choose 2" puzzles, but she wants all 3.
I doubt Microsoft will be paying us anytime soon for the privilege of providing us with Microsoft Office. So how do I explain that she can't have all of the nice things if we don't have a budget for those things?