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S.F. No. 65 - Zero-Based Budgeting Requirement - As Amended by the A-7 Amendment
Author: Senator Michelle L. Fischbach
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
Date: March 13, 2017


Section 1 [Forecast parameters] sets the forecasted expenditures for an agency at zero for each agency's "scheduled year" as defined in Section 2, subdivision 3.

Section 2 [Zero-Based Budgeting]

Subd. 1. [Zero-based budget] requires an executive branch agency to use zero-based budgeting in preparing its proposed budget in November of the "scheduled year" for that agency, as established in subdivision 3. Requires the commissioner of management and budget to provide technical assistance and to adopt policies and procedures.  This section defines “zero-based budgeting” as a method of determining a budget by which the budget for the preceding biennium is deemed to have been zero and each proposed expenditure must be justified as if it were a new expenditure.

Subd. 2. [Zero-based budget plan] lists information that an agency must include in a zero-based budget plan.

Subd. 3 [Scheduled year] sets the "scheduled year" for each agency to conduct zero-based budgeting.  

This section is effective July 1, 2017.

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