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How come a right-wing group already has a copy of the Senate budget?

The conservative Pope-Civitas Institute sent out an action alert last night in which it informed the folks on their mailing list that “page 120 of the NC Senate budget” includes “two lines of legislation that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars.”

It reported that language as saying the following:

“Repeal Light Rail Funding Cap, Section 35.12. Subsection (e1) of G.S. 136-189.11 is repealed”

The alert then went on to complain about light rail and light rail funding.

In many ways, this is what you’d expect from Civitas, of course. There’s just one thing: the Senate budget isn’t out yet. The last publicly available version of the budget was distributed by the House last week.

All of which begs the question: How come a far right advocacy group has access to a document not yet available to the public?

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