Webinar | June 2015
Performance-Based Budgeting in the SLC States
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, an increasing number of states, including several in the SLC region, are focused on increasing accountability and transparency in the disbursement of taxpayer dollars. In this regard, there is renewed focus in a number of states on enacting budgeting techniques that promote clearly specified outcomes more efficiently and effectively. Performance-based budgeting is one such technique that has emerged as a very viable tool with the focus on outcomes (such as completing highway projects on schedule or improving student performance on statewide assessments) and away from routinely funding government operations on a pro forma basis. As noted by Mississippi Speaker Philip Gunn “[T]he idea is to stop spending on programs that don’t produce results – and, in some in cases, spend more on programs that do produce results.”
This webinar provided an overview of the renewed focus in states across the country on PBB as a budgetary technique alongside presentations from Oklahoma and Mississippi on specific measures initiated in these two states to enhance PBB in their settings.