24/7 Newsfeed

Put Reason 24/7 on Your Site


Follow Reason 24/7 on Twitter and via RSS

VA Governor Dinged For Letting Agencies Suggest Their Own Budget Cuts

ALEXANDRIA — Allowing state agencies to submit their own spending cut suggestions as Gov. Bob McDonnell has without first laying out specific ground rules is bad budget practice, according to one state fiscal policy expert.

McDonnell last month asked the state’s agencies — excluding the agencies handling K-12 education and Medicaid — to come up with proposals for slashing 4 percent of their budgets in fiscal year 2014, in case Congress isn’t able to resolve the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Last week, the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget released agencies’ suggested cuts in a 21-page document.

By failing to list specific requirements for prioritizing programs, McDonnell gave agencies too much room to make poor suggestions, said Bob Williams, president of the nonprofit State Budget Solutions.

Source: Watchdog.org. Read full article. (link)

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • FreedomsAdvocate||

    Bob Williams is a MORON. Saying that the Bureaucrats that run the damn agencies will lead to poor suggestions is kind of like saying I am too stupid to know how to manage the little money this totalitarian government leaves me.

    Oh! Wait! I get it, Bobby must be a statist (slightly lower on the evolutionary scale than the Amoeba)!