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Portrait of Senate Finance 
		Co-Chair, Senator Sean Parnell Portrait of Senate Finance Co-Chair, 
		Senator John Torgerson
Senate Finance
Committee Co-Chairman

Senator Sean Parnell
State Capitol, Room 518
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2995
Fax: (907) 465-6592
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Senate Finance
Committee Co-Chairman

Senator John Torgerson
State Capitol, Room 516
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2828
Fax: (907) 465-4779
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Missions and Measures Bill Provides Accountability in State Spending

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2000
Contact: Senator Sean Parnell's office at (907) 465-2995
Senator John Torgerson's office at (907) 465-2828.

Juneau -- Alaska came one step closer to obtaining accountability in state government spending when the House passed Senate Bill 281, the results-based budgeting bill, on Wednesday. This bill provides mission statements for how the departments of state government spend money and, in some cases, provides performance measures to evaluate that spending.

"Adopting missions and measures is critical for Alaska because it provides state agencies with guidelines on what they are supposed to do with the public's money and allows the Legislature and the public to determine how well they are doing it," said Senator Sean Parnell (R-Anchorage), Co-Chair of Senate Finance. "That way we can devote more resources to the programs that work for Alaskans, and refocus or eliminate programs that don't."

Missions and measures are part of the Senate and House Majorities' affirmation to continue results-based budgeting, a cornerstone of the Majorities' Commitment for a smaller and smarter state government.

Parnell expressed his vision that this year the Legislature will publish a budget book incorporating missions and measures from SB 281 with the state-operating budget. He said that such a book would make the state budget more accessible and understandable to the public, and would promote accountability on the part of both the Legislature and state agencies.

"Our Finance Committees put forth a massive effort evaluating how well our state programs are functioning with the funds they receive," said Senator John Torgerson (R-Kasilof), Co-Chair of Senate Finance. "SB 281 allows us to be more efficient in doing our jobs and makes it easier for the public to judge how state government spends public dollars."

SB 281 was amended in the House and now proceeds back to the Senate for concurrence.

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