Atwater: No secret proviso for budget
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 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