Vispoli Supports Two-Year Budget
Andover, MA—Today Alex Vispoli, Republican candidate for the State Senate in the Second Essex and Middlesex district, announced his support for a biennial budget process.
“The last two years the budget is passed at the last moment without it being in print for 24 hours. It is time we stop repeating the mistakes of the past. I strongly believe that the taxpayers have a right to know what is in the budget. That’s why I am proposing we change to a biennial process. This will not only help shed more light in on the budget, but it will also give local municipal officials more advance notice for planning purposes,” said Vispoli.
A biennial budget can be constructed two ways, either one appropriation for two years or two one-year appropriations. Nineteen states use some form of a biennial budget process. The large state of Texas has a biennial budget. That’s the same state CNBC ranked as most friendly to business.
For Massachusetts to change, it would take an amendment to the state Constitution:
Advantages to having a biennial budget include:
- The lengthy budget process and accompanying administration work is done only every two years instead of every year.
- The process forces the legislature to become more proficient at long range planning
- State agencies have more time to administer state programs, rather than spending time trying to defend programs
- It discourages inflated budgets in election years
- Obviously, the political nature of budgeting is reduced
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We need to change the budget process,” said Vispoli.
Earlier in the campaign Vispoli endorsed the Keyes plan to restore integrity to the legislature. Vispoli believes that yesterday’s Boston Globe article about more potential indictments is another example as why we need new leadership on Beacon Hill.
Vispoli was first elected to the Andover Board of Selectmen in 2004. On the board, he has led initiatives including: consolidation of Andover’s IT organization and infrastructure, creation of the Andover Economic Development Council, I93 proposed interchange project, opening the Old Town Hall on Saturday mornings, creation of Andover’s Design Review Board, reduction in Town owned vehicles, and annual citizens mid – year review for major project updates, regionalization opportunities with surrounding towns – including North Andover shared DPW resource.
Vispoli was also elected the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Board of Directors and the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association (MSA) Board of Directors in 2011. He is currently the District 2 Representative (Essex and Middlesex Counties) for the MSA. He is a member of the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Commission and MMA’s Policy Committee on Municipal and Regional Administration.
Professionally, Vispoli has been in the information technology business for 25 years. He currently holds the position of Vice President of Sales for a Boston-based technology company. Vispoli earn his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College. Most importantly, Vispoli is a devoted husband and father of 4 children.