Senator Mensch Re-Introduces Performance Based Budgeting Bill

Harrisburg –  Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) re-introduced his Performance Based Budget bill, Senate Bill 181, which seeks to streamline and justify discretionary and state government spending.

SB 181 would require departments and agencies to justify their budget requests beginning with dollar one, for all existing as well as proposed programs for each fiscal year, before they can receive consideration for budget funding.

The bill would create a performance-based budget board to review the performance-based budget plans of Pennsylvania agencies and make recommendations on how each agency’s programs may be made more transparent, effective, and efficient.

“The traditional method of budget development relies upon incremental adjustments to expenditures made in the previous financial period,” said Mensch. “New and changing demands for public services are met through excessive budget growth rather than by pruning obsolete programs and redirecting existing funds.  We need to ensure that the budget is driven by clear and defensible purposes rather than inertia. We want government spending to be transparent, effective, and efficient for our taxpayers.”

Senator Mensch’s Performance Based Budgeting legislation was first introduced during the 2015-16 legislative session.  The Senate Appropriations and Policy Committees held a joint hearing that included national, state and local experts, along with representatives from the Independent Fiscal Office and the Governor’s Budget Office to discuss the bill.  To watch the full joint Senate Hearing, visit  The bill passed the Senate during the 2015-16 session but was unable to pass the House before the end of the legislative session.

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