P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2019
AUSTIN – Today the Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 68, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, directing state agencies to undergo strategic fiscal review -- a form of zero-based budgeting.
"Agency budgets should not automatically start with the previous year's amount with new spending added on top. We need to make sure that existing programs and funding streams are justified, and zero-based budgeting allows us to start at zero and build budgets from the ground up," Senator Nelson said. "Through this process we will put each agency budget under a microscope."
Specifically, SB 68 directs that agencies undergo strategic fiscal review on a rotating basis aligned with the Sunset review schedule. As part of strategic fiscal review, all programs are analyzed to determine if it is required by state or federal law and ranked according to an agency's core mission.
The bill now goes before the full Senate for consideration.