Budget Transparency Now
The current strategic budget format of Texas’ budget makes it challenging for experts much less ordinary citizens to track funds in the budget. This format was first used int he 1993 appropriations bill with the goal of providing legislators with a longer-term view of budget goals beyond the two-year appropriation cycle. The strategic budget format provides only broad goal statements instead of providing a line item for the funding amount of each agency program that the public could use to determine the effectiveness of their tax dollars. The problems associated with this format lead to reduced budget transparency contributing to less accountability and efficiency in the appropriations process.