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Open Government Blues

October 4th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Today was the second full day of committee hearings on budget cuts and Personal Injury protection insurance. Many of the decisions about what to cut and how much were made behind the scenes by GOP leadership in the legislature. Democrats are complaining that the cuts should be more thoroughly studied and examined in the open. They are threatening to vote against the budget cut legislation, but the Governor says they need to be team players.

With all do respect, I think that whats happening is a very good, productive process. Its difficult to have reductions. Were not really cutting, were just reducing what the increase would have been and I think thats important for your viewers to know too. But, you know, these people work incredibly hard, Im very proud of them. You know, we can whine or we can work and I think we need to work.

The first test of Democrats strength comes tomorrow, when the House and Senate will take the budget bills up on the chamber floors.

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