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Senate backs down – sort of – on budget process

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and his crew appear to have backed down from yesterday’s announced plan (that was first reported by my colleague Chris Fitzsimon) to unveil their version of the state budget without bothering to hold Appropriations subcommittee meetings.

But don’t count just yet on any kind of in-depth or truly participatory process. Annnouncements released this morning indicate that the subcommittees will meet tomorrow at 2:30 in the afternoon. In the legislative world, scheduling a meeting for the middle of the afternoon on a Thursday –a time at which most members are already well on their way back to their districts for the weekend — is a little like scheduling a public health lecture in Daytona Beach on the first day of spring break.

We hope to be proved wrong but remain skeptical that these meetings will amount to much.

Updated: Mark Binker has the full skinny here. Subcommittees will just review House budget tomorrow. Still no subcommittee meetings to review Senate plan becasue it will supposedly be much thinner.

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