Tuesday marks the start of creating a 2016 state budget that funds priorities like education, job growth and public safety while eliminating waste and inefficiencies.
Speaker Philip Gunn and I, joined by six senators and six representatives, will hear from agency directors on their accomplishments this year and needs for the next in weeklong budget hearings in Jackson. For the first time, several agencies will be funded under a performance-based approach that will demand results for your money.
These requests will be considered over the next five months when the Legislature adopts a spending plan for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts July 1, 2015.
We will look at a budget that is much different from the one we inherited when the term began three years ago.