MPI believes that Montana’s budgets should be based on needs and performance rather than the last budget plus some additive factor for inflation, wants and needs, or whatever else factors into it.

To do this we need a metric-based objective method of evaluating state programs based not just on whether money was spent according to legislative mandates, but whether overall projram objectives are being achieved in the most efficient manner available. Then, once an accurate and agreed-upon measuring system is in place, legislators can compare programs according to state policy objectives and eliminate duplication, evaluate overall program utility, and allocate tax dollars in a way that maximizes the potential for success and reduces the potential for waste, duplication, and ineffectiveness.

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