Senator David Shafer, who has championed zero based budgeting since he was first elected to the Senate ten years ago, has issued a statement praising Governor Nathan Deal for signing Senate Bill 33.
In his dogged pursuit of this issue, Sen. Shafer introduced five different zero based budgeting bills, including SB 1 in 2009, which was infamously vetoed by Governor Perdue in 2010, SB 12 in 2007, SB 10 in 2005 and SB 8 in 2003.
The new Zero-Based Budgeting law (SB 33) signed by Governor Deal will require 1/8 of the budget to be rebuilt from scratch each year, forcing the entire budget to be re-justified every eight years. Sen. Shafer calls it a “valuable tool that will help lawmakers be better stewards of tax dollars.”
It’s a common sense measure that is long overdue. Congratulations, Senator Shafer!