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Legislative leaders discuss budget plans

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — Mississippi Republican legislative leaders say they will present a performance-based budgeting plan they say will book accountability of the state's agencies.

House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presented the “Building a Better Mississippi,” plan in Jackson Thursday afternoon.

The plan is the first significant effort to fund agency programs based on expectations established by the Legislature.

Gunn says they want to change the mentality from "What is government spending?" to "What is government accomplishing?"

They site recent moves by lawmakers to quit relying on one-time money to prop up the budget and use recurring revenue for recurring expenses.

The plan will initially target the departments of corrections, education, health and transportation.

Under a 1994 law, Mississippi required agencies to report accomplishments to the budget committee.

Lawmakers say the data collected did not adequately measure the agencies’ effectiveness and efficiencies.

Two decades later, they say state agencies now have improved reporting systems to measure program effectiveness.

Gunn says the plan has the backing of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.






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