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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 03:43 AM

The case of the vanishing budget: How N.C.'s secretive budget "process" is bad for the public good

If, in this precise moment, youíre wondering where North Carolinaís multi-billion dollar budget is, the same one that sets crucial policy and spending parameters for state agencies, that dictates classroom funding levels for 1.5 million schoolchildren, that sets pay levels for thousands of state employees, retirees and teachers, itís in the same place itís always been.

Not, I fear, in a public space Ė a micíd up committee room or in a clerkís trusty hands Ė it exists, without hyperbole, mostly in Senate President Pro Tem Phil Bergerís brain.

And, to a lesser extent, in the care of the most powerful lawmakers atop a GOP-dominated House and Senate conference committee, a committee that, as of this moment, has yet to schedule a single public meeting, or a single hearing to listen to the public, in all its wild, untamed glory.

Itís a committee composed, as it were, of Republicans one and all, if you exclude the pair of Democrats selected, perhaps, because at points along the way, they voted for the GOPís budget in the first place.

Read more: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2019/06/13/the-case-of-the-vanishing-budget-how-n-c-s-secretive-budget-process-is-bad-for-the-public-good/

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