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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  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    While this appears to be a good idea, let's consider, the quick sand we enter. How about the federally mandated programs that are funded by state money. What criteria we are going to use to determine if a program is effective? Who is going to determine that criteria, the people who work in the field or the politicians? I'm not saying it is a bad idea but I work for state government and if state government looks bad from your side you should try to understand the dumb moves and the lack of logic from the insiders who are just peons and have to follow the insane instuctions from the highter ups.
  • by ed on Nov 30, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    well there goes 98% of the state including the state lawmakers themselves.. ooops well knowing them they are exempt from that......
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