Crowe, Davis sponsor state budget reforms

From Staff Reports

   NASHVILLE -- Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-3rd District, and Rep. David Davis, R-6th District, have co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Bill Clabough, R-Maryville, to create performance-based budgeting and review that will replace Tennessee's current budget system.
   House Bill 2789/Senate Bill 2919 proposes a new system of accountability -- a Commission on Governmental Accountability -- that will implement a performance-based budgeting and review process for all state agencies.
   The Commission will include the state Comptroller, Legislative Budget Director, the Director of Fiscal Review, and the Commissioner of Finance and Administration, according to a press release issued Thursday.
   Each department of government will implement performance standards and measures as well as strategic planning.
   The commission will evaluate each state agency's compliance annually with regard to performance-based measures and strategic planning. It will also provide incentives for proper performance and disincentives for poor performance each year upon review.
   "I am proud of this legislation that I hope will result in a better managed state government -- a government run more like a business than a bureaucracy," said Sen. Crowe.
   "Accountability is important. We cannot continue to grow government without managing it properly.
   "This legislation should instill a greater amount of trust in our ability to manage government," he said.