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December 13, 2005 09:00 AM UTC

State Democrats Push for Budget Accountability

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  • by: Blue Sky

From the Denver Post:

Rather than focus on just next year, lawmakers are asking each state agency to submit a five- year plan that not only forecasts the department’s financial needs but also measures how well state officials are serving the public.

…Rep. Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, has pounded the theme at budget committee meetings with department heads in recent weeks.

How do you determine internally how the department is doing a good job?” Buescher said. “How do we measure that we’re doing the people’s business well?”

Democrats are aiming at critics of Referendum C who say government wastes money, so why should taxpayers trust leaders with more money?

Buescher’s goal is to show that officials are using the extra taxpayer money to improve state services.

“If we want to take a look at efficiency, effectiveness and accountability, we need to make structural changes to how we set the budget,” Buescher said. “There’s an old saying: ‘Every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it produces.”‘

It is great to see that the Democrats, now that they have been in office for a year, are continuing to look for ways to actually improve our state government.

(Thanks to Soapblox Colorado for being on the job.)

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7 thoughts on “State Democrats Push for Budget Accountability

  1. Republican Focus: Immigrants, Gay Marriage, spending Ref C money on things the voters not only didn’t approve… but REJECTED.

    Democratic Focus:  Health Care, Education, and instituting a public 5-year planning process to make government more accountable and efficient.

    I think their chances of keeping both chambers just went up a couple clicks.

  2. Yeah, the University of Colorado proved yesterday how they are not wasting taxpayers’ money. I’m sure glad my dough is being used for trips to bowl games with $115k in “petty” cash; or for bar tabs for the families of the coaches.

  3. Not a dime of your money went for any of those athletic department expenditures, Hugo, unless you donated specifically to the athletic program or bought a ticket to the games.  Say what you want about big time football, it pays its own way and provides a profit to subsidize the politically correct, government-mandated Title 9 programs to boot.  I wouldn’t cry if CU eliminated football, but to suggest your tax money goes there is sheer demagoguery.

  4. That money was derived from the CU Foundation fund, which is bank rolled by alumni. NO STATE MONEY WAS USED. Learn how to read for yourself instead of listening to the talking heads

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