Lt. Gov. Reeves, Speaker Gunn speak at national forum in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mississippi’s efforts to hold state agencies accountable for tax dollars has been recognized as a national model by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke on the issue in Washington, D.C. today.

“Agencies will have to account for exactly how they’re serving the public through real data – not simply anecdotes,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “And as policy makers, we can target areas for efficiency and evaluate whether certain programs are needed. We can stop funding a program that doesn’t work and invest in those that do.”

Legislative leadership and staff members explained the state’s performance-based budgeting plans at a meeting by Pew-MacArthur Results First. The plan, “Building a Better Mississippi,” will have an impact on the legislative budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The plan initially targets the departments of corrections, education, health and transportation.

The performance-based budgeting plan will allow the Legislature to establish clear priorities for agencies; create a comprehensive database of programs offered by agencies and performance measures; and evaluate the benefit-to-cost ratio of programs.

“I think taxpayers are about to see real changes in Mississippi’s spending habits,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “Funding initiatives that work and stopping or changing those that don’t work seems like common sense. It’s what taxpayers expect. I look forward to seeing the results over the next few years.”