Burton applauds zero-based budgeting plan

"I am a strong proponent of zero-based budgeting. The traditional method of funding government agencies automatically assumes growth year-over-year, with far less scrutiny of the programs and services these agencies administer than is needed." – State Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville

State Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, has praised the directive by Senate Finance Chairman Jane Nelson and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to state agencies, asking for zero-based budgeting reviews of expenditures.

In addition, the Senate Finance Committee will incorporate the principles of zero-based budgeting when drafting the next state budget, an illustration as to how committed the Texas Senate is to fiscal responsibility, Burton said.

"I am a strong proponent of zero-based budgeting," Burton said. "The traditional method of funding government agencies automatically assumes growth year-over-year, with far less scrutiny of the programs and services these agencies administer than is needed."

While zero-based budgeting can be executed in myriad ways, the basic concept behind the methodology is every recipient of funds is "reset" to zero dollars at the outset of the budget-writing process, she said. The recipient must then articulate its explicit constitutional and statutory duties to the budget writers and enter into a conversation on the funds necessary to execute those duties.

"I am excited to see our chief budget writer and presiding officer in the Texas Senate leading boldly," Burton said. "I look forward to next session and the continued conservative leadership of the Texas Senate."

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