by Tamladge Heflin
Texas Public Policy Foundation
October 03, 2012
To provide taxpayers and most legislators with more and better information about the Texas budget, the Foundation urges the Committee to consider enacting a number of transparency reforms, such as including more line items (and thus more information), limiting the size of line items to amounts that describe discreet programs, or if a program is very large, to discreet activities within those programs; having line items based on programs and activities should describe what the program does and where it is authorized in law; and ensuring that line items have more information about the source of funds (general revenue, general revenue-dedicated, federal funds, and other funds) being appropriated. The Texas Legislature should transition away from the strategic budgeting format and into a program-based budgeting layout.

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