A top adviser to Texas governor Rick Perry will meet with budget committees of the state House and Senate, presenting members with Texas’ performance-based budgeting system. Gov. Phil Bryant requested Mike Morrisey testify to Mississippi lawmakers because Texas has a well functioning performance-based budget system that can serve as a model for Mississippi reforms.

Who: Mike Morrisey, senior adviser to Texas governor Rick Perry
What: To discuss the Texas Performance Based Budgeting model
When/Where: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at the New Capitol
House Appropriations hearing, 10 a.m. in room 201-A and in
Senate Appropriations hearing, 11 a.m. in room 216

Support Information:

Gov. Bryant Smart Budget Act informational: http://www.governorbryant.com/mississippis-budget-a-broken-system-2/

Smart Budget Act Legislation:
HB 975: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2012/pdf/history/HB/HB0975.xml
SB: Number not yet assigned

Mike Morrisey Brief Bio:
• Mike Morrissey has served as senior advisor to Gov. Rick Perry a position held since June 2008. In this role, he focuses on implementing Gov. Perry’s priorities. He advises Gov. Perry on all aspects of government operations, including policy matters, fiscal responsibility and efforts to make government more accountable and transparent. Mr. Morrissey previously served as Gov. Perry’s ARRA director and as Director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division. In that capacity, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the state’s $172 billion budget. Morrissey also helped develop policy initiatives, including the 2003 closure of a $10 billion shortfall without raising taxes and a $13 billon five-year tax cut in 2006.
• From 1994-2001, Mr. Morrissey served as Director of Fiscal Policy for former lieutenant governor Bill Ratliff, as Budget Director for former lieutenant governor Rick Perry, and as Budget Director and Special Assistant to former lieutenant governor Bob Bullock. Morrissey also worked as legal counsel/budget examiner at the Texas Legislative Budget Board from 1986 to 1994.
• Mr. Morrissey holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from the University of Arkansas. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program and in 2004 was named the Texas State Employees Association Administrator of the Year.

Gov. Phil Bryant Press Release
2/23/12