Lawmakers vow new effort to measure budget results

JACKSON – Top legislative Republicans are promising that Mississippi will get performance-based budgeting right this time.

In 1994, the Legislature passed a plan requiring agencies to collect data measuring their performance under five-year strategic plan. But that data, though listed in budget documents, has been little used in making decisions.

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that a new approach will identify agency programs and try to determine whether the money spent on them produces results. The idea is to stop spending on programs that don’t produce measurable results — and, in some cases, spend more on programs that do produce results.

“The bottom line is that this program will drive money to programs that work and away from those that don’t,” Gunn said.

Hattiesburg American