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Another look at zero-based budgeting in Oklahoma

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 10, 2013
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Dorman has a potential ally in Preston Doerflinger, state finance secretary, who has said he would gladly be part of an interim study. The current budgeting process is cumbersome and arbitrary, Doerflinger said. Budget writers “should be less like farmhands sloppily filling a trough and more like dietitians prescribing the best regiment for success.”

How much would be saved through zero-based budgeting is difficult to predict. But any trimming of the fat would be welcomed by taxpayers. Revisiting this idea has the potential to be time well spent.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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