Sen. Niederhauser, the majority whip in the Utah State Senate, has been at the forefront of this issue and has spoken widely on the subject. He said now is the time for government agencies to start setting outcome goals in advance as opposed to “firing shots and drawing the target afterward.”
“Outcome-based budgeting is not a new concept,” Sen. Niederhauser said. “This has been a concept that has been discussed for probably decades, but has been looked at as the future. But the future is now. The future is present. Technology is going to allow us to, instead of focusing on inputs into government, focus on the results.”
Sen. McAdams cautioned against vying for bigger or smaller government in a partisan manner, but recommended a focus on “right-sized” government. He added that outcome-based budgeting on the state level could be a boon to legislators in helping Utah government to reach that right size.
“I’m happy to see Sen. Niederhauser taking this where it goes,” Sen. McAdams said. “I think it’s the right decision and the right discussion. I look forward to carrying this discussion further throughout the legislative session.”
You can listen to the Internet broadcast of this legislative briefing on the Sutherland Ustream channel at www.ustream.tv/recorded/10033174. A higher-quality video of the event will be released on the Institute’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/sutherlandinstitute on Friday.
Share with your friends and family…