Budget Reform Bills Introduced in Senate

Senators DeSaulnier & Wolk Call for 2-Year Budget and Performance-Based Budgeting

Senators Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis) along with Democrat and Republican coauthors from both houses, today announced the introduction of two key measures providing much-needed budget reforms.  These bills, endorsed by California Forward, will require that no budget is passed without consideration of both the current year and future budgets as well, and that budgeting of state programs be based on the performance of those programs.

“If we want to give this new governor and Legislature a real chance at restoring balance to our state’s budget, we must provide them with the tools necessary to help ensure accountability and measurable results from our state’s public programs,” said Wolk.  “That means enacting reforms to allow for the identification of clear goals for state-funded programs, and equally clear consequences for programs when those goals aren’t met.

“The people of California cannot afford the ongoing structural deficiencies in the budget process,” said DeSaulnier.  “No budget should be considered without analyzing both the State’s immediate fiscal condition as well as the long-term fiscal needs of the State.  Additionally, funding must be based on the performance of the work, not on ability to spend.  These reforms make sense.”

“A performance based budgeting approach to state spending radically alters how department heads think about their jobs, and it forces legislators to truly consider how much should be spent on each program,” said Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar). “With the introduction of SB 14, I anticipate an in-depth, bipartisan dialogue that allows for some much-needed reform in how we do business.”

“Performance-based budgeting is a bold reform that will change the way Sacramento works,” Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher stated. “In any family business or private venture, you have to answer for your spending.  The same should be true in government."

SB 15 (DeSaulnier & Wolk) requires the governor to submit two-year spending plans to the Legislature when submitting the state budget for consideration.  Additionally, SB 15 requires the Governor to project revenues and expenditures 5 years in advance and to estimate the long-term impacts that the proposed budget has on the state’s economy.  

SB 14 (Wolk, DeSaulnier, Huff) provides a statutory framework for the implementation of performance-based budgeting and for a systematic program performance review by the Legislature.  Both bills have bipartisan support – Assemblymembers Nathan Fletcher and Joan Buchanan are Principal Coauthors of SB 14. 

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Michael Miiller, Communications Director, Senator DeSaulnier
(916) 651-4784 or (916) 204-0485, michael.miiller@sen.ca.gov

Melissa Jones, Communications Director, Senator Wolk
(916) 651-4005, melissa.jones@sen.ca.gov

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