Dave Yost Proposes Budget Commission
From the Dave Yost for Auditor campaign:
Republican State Auditor candidate Dave Yost today proposed creation of a State Budget Commission of the Auditor, Treasurer and Attorney General to improve state fiscal planning and increase accountability.
“Every state budget cycle generates criticism and doubt over the numbers provided by the Office of Budget and Management (OBM), a member of the Governor’s Cabinet,” Yost said.
“Legislators deserve more accurate and timely revenue estimates and voters deserve more accountability from statewide elected officials.
“Ohio counties have been well-served by county budget commissions made up of the county auditor, treasurer and prosecuting attorney, which designate a revenue total and then make regular updates,” Yost continued.
“The treasurer knows exactly what is coming into public coffers, the auditor knows what is being spent and the prosecutor makes sure that the law is followed.
“A budget commission works for counties, it can work for the State, too,” Yost concluded. “By making these important calculations the responsibility of specific statewide elected officials, voters will know exactly where to look when the numbers are wrong or slow in coming.”
Maybe the commission could do something about this Oaks software that Gov. Strickland’s retarded staff keeps trying to blame for fuzzy numbers.