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In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, managing editor and research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Wisconsin state representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), the sponsor of a new law requiring state government agencies to submit a zero-based budget plan and a budget plan in which the agency becomes more efficient but uses less taxpayer money.
According to Hutton, zero-based budgeting helps ensure that government agencies are sticking to their core missions, and encourages government agencies to re-evaluate their priorities by incentivizing high-performing programs that actually work.
Hutton also gives a sneak peek at future reforms on which Wisconsin lawmakers are working, including “sunset reviews,” regular reviews of agency spending programs requiring placing a time limit on the enactment of those programs.