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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Base Budgets?

Josh Loftin and Co. wrote a tutorial on the new base budget approval process.

Legislators Get First Look At Budget

Executive Summary:
Base Budget Approval (SB 1 and SB 3) take the non-controversial budget decisions out of play early in the session so we can focus more intently on the hard stuff.
"These are the issues when, if we were to vote on them separately, everybody votes for without really discussing," Bigelow said. "Anything that people want to debate is not included."

... Politically, approving a base budget has advantages. For one, any bill passed during the session has to be vetoed by the governor within 10 days, which would allow legislators to override a veto during the regular session. It also means that the entire budget cannot be held hostage because of disagreements over how to spend new money, Senate Budget Manager Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said.


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