Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants lawmakers to adopt a “Smart Budget Act” this term, requiring state agencies to provide more detailed information about how they intend to spend taxpayers’ money and how they will meet specific goals.
He points to Texas as an example of what he’d like to see Mississippi do.
Two decades ago, the Lone Star State adopted a performance-based budget system, which requires state agencies to provide details about what they plan to accomplish. Decrease the high school dropout rate? Move more people into, or out of, certain types of health facilities? Those goals are written into appropriations bills. That level of micromanagement is not happening now in Mississippi.