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Atwater hands out allocations, vows "transparency" and no sneaky stuff

Senate President Jeff Atwater just released initial budget allocations to his chamber, stressing that he aims to make the budget process for the 2010-11 year will be even more "transparent" than last year.

"Line-item spending and proviso will be discussed in the sunshine, not slipped into the budget at the last moment," he warned in a memo to senators.

"As we begin drafting proposed committee budgets, we will continue and expand upon that process.  Line-item spending and proviso will be discussed in the sunshine, not slipped into the budget at the last moment.  Specifically, that means: 

1.    Proviso will be  published, explained, discussed, and decided upon during a noticed committee meeting

2.    No proviso will be included in Senate budgets proposals that has not been vetted and acted upon in a noticed meeting

3.    Line-item spending adjustments will be considered in a noticed Senate Committee."

Here's the  allocations: Download Initial_Senate_Committee_Allocations2010

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