To prepare for the upcoming hearings, the Budget Committee asked agency leaders to answer 26 questions. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the questions, many of which revolve around a theme of efficiency. Lawmakers ask how agencies have spent money they received in the past, and how taxpayers were served by that spending.
Several questions reveal clues about possible policy debates and the budget narrative that will develop the next few months. One question asks agency directors if they’d like “freedom from the Personnel Board,” which means lifting civil service protection from some state jobs and making it easier to hire and fire workers.