Miss. proposal ties agency funding to performance

A new government study says Mississippi should change its budget process to tie state funding to agency performance, which could cut money from failing programs, the lieutenant governor said Monday.
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed the Commission for a New Mississippi, which conducted the study released Monday. Among other things, the study recommends requiring agency leaders to show how productive their programs are to receive state dollars.
Bryant said the proposal will be presented to lawmakers when the Legislature convenes in January. He said the plan could eventually save state taxpayers about $250 million a year in a state where the budget topped $5 billion.

Dec. 1, 2009