Harrisburg –Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) spoke to Business and Community Advocacy Council Meeting members at the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance on February 8, 2019 regarding legislative efforts in the Senate of Pennsylvania.
Senator Mensch provided an overview of the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget proposal and outlined the budget process. “Senate Republicans remain committed to enacting a fiscally responsible budget in a timely manner while protecting the interests of Pennsylvania’s taxpayers,” said Mensch. “This is the beginning of a process that will span several months. We will study all of the Governor’s recommendations, consider the limits of funding that we expect to have available, and work to craft a final budget that utilizes our resources for the maximum benefit of all citizens of the Commonwealth.”
In addition, Senator Mensch highlighted the hearings recently held by the Performance-Based Budget Board. The Board listened to testimony from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) on reports it developed from its performance-based budget review of state agencies and tax credit programs. The performance-based budgeting process was established as part of Senator Mensch’s Act 48 of 2017, and requires the IFO to do these reviews of all agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction and all state tax credit programs at least once every five years.
“Performance-based budgeting is the practice of developing budgets based on the relationships between program funding levels and expected results from that program using systematic performance information to improve prioritization of expenditures and delivery of services,” said Mensch. “The ultimate goal of Performance-Based Budgeting is to assist the Governor and the General Assembly in making a more informed decision on how we allocate funding and resources during the budget process.”
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