Proposal Ties Agency Funding to Performance

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant proposes lawmakers approve a plan that would change the way Mississippi funds state agencies.

The proposal calls for agency heads to show that their programs are effective and should keep receiving state dollars.

Bryant held a news conference Monday to discuss a new report that recommends performance-based budgeting.

Bryant plans to have another news conference in Meridian on the same topic, Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the MSU Riley Center lobby.

Bryant says changing the state's budget system would eventually save about $250 million a year, but he's not sure how soon that would happen.

The proposal comes from a commission appointed by Bryant, and will be presented to the 2010 Legislature for approval.

Bryant says programs that are not effective would no longer receive state funding.

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