We are hearing unconfirmed word this afternoon that Governor Sonny Perdue plans to veto SB 1, which would have allowed for the General Assembly to each year take a portion of the state budget and assume it to be ‘zero’ so that the entire budget for those departments under the microscope would have to be approved by the General Assembly – not just the proposed increases over the allocation from the previous year (as is currently the case).
Sounds like an excellent way to cut wasteful spending, right? Not according to Georgia’s Supreme Leader, who this afternoon is enjoying the hospitality of Fidel and Raul Castro in Cuba.
There are many, many advantages to zero based budgeting. It forces departments to justify every tax dollar that they spend and permits a greater examination of where that spending actually goes and the utility gained by the taxpayer for same.
And why would Perdue be against this? The word we’re hearing is that he already believes himself to be a champion of small government and an eliminator of useless state agencies. From his alleged view, he doesn’t need a law to tell him to do what he already thinks he’s doing.
Right. And he also wants to remind everyone to Go Fish, Georgia! Yee-haw!
But what if future Governors in Georgia aren’t so fiscally wise? Perdue, we’re told, believes that ‘grassroots leaders need to focus on the Feds in Washington.’ In other words, the governing of Georgia shouldn’t be left to its citizens and those legislators who are sent to Atlanta, but we should just place blind trust in the Governor to be our Father Protector.
(Pictured, at right: How Sonny Perdue believes Georgia’s citizens should view their Governor – artist’s conception.)
Only an opponent of open and efficient government would be against SB 1. And, sadly, it appears Sonny Perdue is one.