News from the Senate Majority
Alaska State Legislature

Wendy Lindskoog, Senate Majority Press Secretary
State Capitol
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907/465-4582
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Senate Approves Bill to Establish Results Based Government in Alaska

Adds Accountability to the State Budget Process

For Immediate Release: March 23, 1998 Contact: Senator Sean Parnell at (907) 465-2995.

Juneau – The Senate passed legislation Monday requiring state government to focus on results for Alaskans through established missions and measures of accountability toward those missions. Senate Bill 76, sponsored by Senator Sean Parnell, passed by a vote of 16 to 2.

"Our current system of funding state government gives state officials no way of measuring whether state programs are really working for Alaskans," Parnell said. "By changing our budgeting method to one that is results based, the Legislature and Administration will better be able to measure the effectiveness of programs and provide more or less funding based on what works."

SB 76 permits the Legislature to establish policy by issuing mission statements and desired results for each state agency to achieve. To accomplish this the Legislature will:

"It’s time we add a measure of accountability in our budgeting process for state government. This bill will enable government to be more responsive to the needs and priorities of Alaskans," said Parnell.

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