Monday, June 7, 2010

Libertarians urge Gov. Perdue to sign Zero-Base Budgeting Act

This past session was difficult for believers in fiscal conservatism and limited government as the Republican-controlled legislature passed tax and fee hikes to make up for the irresponsibility of the past. However, one of the few good pieces of legislation to pass in 2010 was SB 1, the Zero-Base Budgeting Act.

This legislation, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly without opposition, would require appropriators to review a quarter of the state budget every year to remove waste and ineffective programs (also known as zero-based budgeting) as well as to provide transparency in the budget process.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has indicted that he may veto SB 1 because it will inconvenience staff as they produced the constitutionally required budget.

“At this point it may take an out cry from libertarians and conservatives to sway Gov. Perdue into signing this bill,” notes Jason Pye, Legislative Director for the Libertarian Party of Georgia. “Zero-based budgeting is an absolutely necessary step in ensuring that the bloated budgets of the past, which made these past two years so difficult, from happening again.”

The Libertarian Party of Georgia is encouraging all Georgians, regardless of party, to call Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office at 404-651-7763 and politely ask that he sign SB 1, the Zero-Base Budgeting Act, into law.

The Libertarian Party is Georgia’s third largest political party and the only party in Georgia promoting fewer taxes, less government and personal liberty for all Georgians. To learn more, please visit
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