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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 13, 2019 12:50 PM
From: Representative Dawn W. Keefer
To: All House members
Subject: Zero-Based Budget Act
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that would establish the "Zero-Based Budgeting Act".

Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) is a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new fiscal year. Zero-based budgeting starts from a "zero base," and every function within an organization is analyzed or both its needs and costs. Budgets are then built around what is needed for the upcoming period, regardless of whether the budget is higher or lower than the previous one.

Specifically, my legislation will require state agencies that account for at least 20 percent of the General Fund budget to prepare and submit a zero-based budget plan containing the following information:
  • A description of agency activities and a justification for the existence of each activity by reference to statute or other legal authority.
  • A quantitative estimate of any adverse impacts that could reasonably be expected should activities be discontinued, together with a full-description of the methods by which the adverse impact is estimated.
  • An itemized account of expenditures that would be required to maintain agency activity at the minimum level of service required by the statutory authority, together with a concise statement of the quantity and quality of services required at that minimum level.
  • An itemized account of expenditures required to maintain agency activities at current levels of service, together with a concise statement of the quantity and quality of services being provided.
  • A ranking of all activities that shows the relative contribution of each activity to the overall goals and purposes of the agency at current service levels.
I believe that adopting a zero-based budgeting approach will result in new cost efficiencies and streamlined, accountable government spending.

I respectfully ask that you join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.


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Introduced as HB1452