Last year, House Republicans released a series of budget questions that were used to help Republicans dive into the state budget, bring more accountability to taxpayers and help them develop over $330 million in ideas for savings. Today, House Republicans are releasing a new set of questions they will be asking in the 2010 budget subcommittee meetings.
Republicans have made Democrat leadership, department heads and staffs aware of their questions and House Republican Ranking Members will be again investigating where each taxpayer dollar is spent and relaying that information back to Iowans.
Republicans will be asking:
- Do you plan on raising fees (either by rule of legislatively)?
- Has your department already raised fees by rule?
- Do you plan on changing the way you collect fees or fines?
- What recommendations did you provide to the consultant that did not appear in Public Works’ proposal?
- How did you arrive at the savings figure for each item that did appear in Public Works’ report?
- What recommendations did you provide the governor or Public Works that did not appear in the State Government Reorganization bill (HSB 565 / SSB 3030)?
- How did you arrive at the savings figure for each item that appears in the State Government Reorganization bill (HSB 565 / SSB 3030)?
- Are there any areas in your department that could be privatized or outsourced?
- Provide the subcommittee with a one pager that outlines all expenditures and revenues to the department (all funds, not just general fund dollars)
“House Republicans believe it’s important to have a transparent and accountable budgeting process,” said Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rep. Scott Raecker (R-Urbandale). “We’re committed to examining these budgets in depth and allowing Iowans to be at the table while we do it.”