Connecticut’s current budget process is broken, and should be turned on its head, writes CERC President & CEO Bob Santy in a CT Viewpoints op-ed. Rather than deciding what should be cut, the state should articulate its top 10 priorities and decide what gets funded.
The process should led by a guidance team of executive branch, legislative branch and outside experts, who with the assistance of expert technical staff, will begin creating a rough allocation of the revenues to the top priorities. Next, a results team for each priority area will have access to the Office of Policy and Management and outside analysts, and will be asked to determine where to put the money to get the best results.
Mr. Santy also advocates for periodic strategic program reviews and for the appropriations subcommittee to be focused around the priorities, rather than state agencies.