Open debate, especially about the state budget, not only benefits the public, it benefits the legislature. If the public sees that it is an open process, they will be less suspicious of the end result. No wonder people are fed up with government.
Open debate about the budget this year is important because there are many of us who think the Governor’s budget proposal has merit. Without an open process, we have no way of knowing which legislators were against or for certain proposals contained in the Governor’s budget.