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Fitzsimon: N.C. Senate budget a poor example of democratic process

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Most of the debate this week about the Senate budget understandably focused on the more than 5,000 jobs it eliminates, the cuts it makes to education, and the $770 million it sets aside for tax cuts for millionaires.

But there are dozens of other questionable funding decisions and troubling policy changes included in the massive 413-page budget bill that only a handful of Senate leaders had seen before it was released late Sunday night.

Each one of the key decisions deserves open committee debate and public input so senators can know what they are voting on and the public can understand what the budget means for their families.

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