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The Big Veto – The Budget and Control Board

The most significant veto sustained by the House eliminated the operating budget for the Budget and Control Board (BCB). The BCB carries forward considerable reserve funds that should cover the budget reduction caused by this veto.

Since the Legislature retains most of the control over state agencies, the BCB acts as the central administrative agency. Within its structure are divisions that handle a wide variety of functions including human resources, retirement system, insurance, budgeting, procurement, property management, etc. In states with a strong executive branch, most of these functions would fall under the control of the Governor.

 As we go forward in our attempt to reform our state government to eliminate duplication and waste, reigning in the BCB is a crucial step.