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Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger likes to boast about the open budget process this year, pointing out that the Senate budget is online a week before the Senate will vote on it.

And it is true that we can all read the budget bill now, but that doesn’t mean your Senator has much say about it.

No amendments were allowed in Senate budget subcommittees this week.  Approporations Chair Pete Brunstetter did allow the full committee to consider amendments Wednesday, but limited debate on each one to five minutes, including a proposal to fire fewer teacher assistants than the 13,000 the Senate budget will lay off.

And Brunstetter refused to allow any recorded votes, the first time that has happened in recent memory.

The budget itself may be open, but so far the process used by the Senate to pass it is as closed as ever.

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