Performance-Based Budgeting Bill Clears Senate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Senate has approved a bill that would change the way the state funds its agencies.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant has said the legislation would require budget decisions to be based on whether state agencies are meeting their goals.

Under the bill, the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee would have oversight in implementing and operating programs to help the agencies with strategic plans.

Mississippi Economic Council President Blake Wilson served on a commission created to provide the recommendations that led to the bill.

Wilson says Mississippi's budgeting process doesn't require as much accountability as other states.

The bill now moves to the House.

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