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It was just a year ago that Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger was frustrated as he talked to reporters, angry that Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight had slipped a provision in the budget taking power away from the state insurance commissioner.

Berger complained to WUNC that the special provisions that always seem to show up in the budget

…bypasses the entire deliberative process that’s set up for consideration of legislation. And unfortunately, what you see is that kind of thing is used as a way to threaten some agency or some individual within state government.”

Tuesday, now President Pro Tem Berger stood before reporters and defended a budget that includes dozens of special provisions including one that takes power away from the Attorney General in the redistricting process and another one that places handcuffs on state environmental regulators. 

What a difference a year makes.

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