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Budgeting in the back room

With less open debate, critics say public loses

Much discussion of budget amendments took place behind closed doors. The House added at least $135 million in amendments. Much discussion of budget amendments took place behind closed doors. The House added at least $135 million in amendments. (MARK WILSON/GLOBE STAFF)
By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / April 27, 2007

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Democracy can be a messy business, as the old saw goes. But whoever said that hasn't been to the Massachusetts State House during budget season lately. As House members gathered on Beacon Hill this week to determine how nearly $27 billion in taxpayer money should be distributed, there were no ugly debates or suspenseful votes on spending priorities. (Full article: 982 words)

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