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Randy Asbury

Press Release from the Office of Representative Randy Asbury

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Representative Randy Asbury, R-Higbee, will work with a group of his colleagues to find ways to ensure taxpayer dollars are budgeted in the most efficient and effective way possible. Asbury was selected by House Speaker Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, as one of fifteen House members to serve on the House Interim Committee on Budget Transparency. Tilley said the firsthand experience Asbury has gained with the budget process as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Committee will make him an invaluable asset to the newly-formed committee.

“In his first year as a legislator, Representative Asbury quickly learned the budget process and became a strong voice for government efficiency and fiscal responsibility,” said Tilley. “I know he will work diligently with his colleagues to look for ways to root out waste, fraud and abuse in government and ensure a more efficient and accountable state government.”

The committee will be chaired by state Rep. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, who also chairs the House Budget Committee and who served as chair of a similar committee that reviewed the budget process last year. In 2010, the committee pored over budget details as they met with representatives from every state department during a series of weekly hearings. Asbury said he expects a similar approach this year.

“I know the committee did admirable work last year in reviewing each department and looking for ways to make our budget as lean and efficient as possible. I hope to help my colleagues build on that success so that Missouri continues to live within its means just as all Missouri families must do,” said Asbury.

“We want a budget process that allocates taxpayer dollars in a way that gives Missourians confidence in the system. I will work this summer to become better educated about the process and the departments and use that information next session to engage the budget process at a more influential level.”

The committee plans to hold a series of hearings in the coming weeks.