Thu., January 27, 2011 12:42pm (EST)

Senate Reverses Zero-Based Budgets
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
State lawmakers are underway with Day-6 of the General Assembly session at the state Capitol. (GPB file photo)
State lawmakers are underway with Day-6 of the General Assembly session at the state Capitol. (GPB file photo)
The Senate has unanimously voted to override a veto by former Gov. Sonny Perdue of legislation that would hold lawmakers to use a zero-based approach to a quarter of the budget each year.

The state now operates under a continuous budget, where new spending programs approved by the General Assembly are automatically rolled over into the succeeding budget.

Sen. David Shafer, the bill's sponsor, says the current budgeting process hides waste and doesn't allow for much


discussion.

The bill would require a quarter of the budget to be zero-based each year, with the entire budget subject to zero-based budgeting every four years - the length of one gubernatorial term.

Gov. Nathan Deal has signaled support for zero-based budgeting.

The measure now heads to the House.