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Performance-Based, Multi-Year Budget Measures Move Ahead

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The first measure requires the state to use a method called "performance-based budgeting."  Democratic Senator Lois Wolk says that's where programs develop their own goals and performance measures.

Wolk: "Each department has to ask itself, what are we trying to achieve and how will we know if we achieve it?  What measures do we have?"

The other bill is by Democratic Senator Mark DeSaulnier.  It would require each spending plan to project expenses and revenue sources for the following year as well.

DeSaulnier: "It's doing a budget every year.  That part stays.  But then it's projecting out what next year would look like, based on our decisions this year."

And the second year's line-items would look similar to the first:

DeSaulnier: "It would be almost as detailed, but with the understanding that life will probably change."

Both measures cleared the Assembly Budget Committee Wednesday with bipartisan support and now head to the floor.  But the governor's Department of Finance is still working with the authors and isn't fully on board just yet.

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