At Budget Meetings, Policy Decisions Few Voters Notice

Next month, the Legislative Budget Board will meet to choose a growth rate, the kind of fascinating government business that made it so tempting for some of us to ditch civics class in high school. The rate will be a limit on how much the state budget will be allowed to grow during the next two years.

Some of this is pure process, but stick around — process can bleed into policy, and affecting one can decide the other.

When lawmakers meet in January, they’ll decide pretty quickly just how big the current budget will be. You’d think that ...

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