Budget Processes/Performance Measures

 

State budget processes refer to various budgeting activities and stages in the development of a state’s budget, including the budget cycle, budget requirements, budgeting tools, the budget document, and monitoring the budget. Technical and administrative advancements in the budget process can redirect spending to more effective programs and ultimately lead to better service delivery. In the coming years, changes to state budget processes will likely reflect a growing need to establish clear linkages between funding levels and program results.

Staff Contact: Kathryn Vesey White

NASBO Publications

  • The latest edition of NASBO’s State Expenditure Report finds that for the first time in the history of the State Expenditure Report total state spending declined in fiscal 2012, due to the combination of state funds slowly increasing and federal funds rapidly declining. It is estimated that expenditures returned to more typical growth levels in fiscal 2013 as both state and federal funds moderately increased.
  • This National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) report, supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, highlights and discusses lessons learned by budget officers during the recent recession. States turned to a variety of actions to stabilize state budgets in this challenging and uncertain fiscal environment.
  • After several years of slow recovery in the national economy, fiscal distress is finally beginning to subside for most states. However, the unemployment rate continues to remain high and the economic recovery is relatively weak compared to other post-recessionary periods. Thus, state operating budgets likely will be constrained by elevated expenditure pressures and slow revenue growth in the upcoming fiscal year.