BOSTON -- MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes released the following statement regarding the lack of transparency in the debate about the House budget:
"Democrats on Beacon Hill owe the taxpayers of Massachusetts a more open and accountable budget process. The majority's lack of transparency on this multi-billion dollar budget is just another example of the excesses of one-party rule in the Legislature. Speaker DeLeo should move debate into the public eye, and let taxpayers see how their money will be spent.”
Speaker DeLeo has prevented the public and the media from gaining access to the budget debate. "Most of the debate is happening not on the House floor but in a lounge where House budget chief Rep. Brian Dempsey and his colleagues sort out which amendments to approve and which to reject..." (Michael Norton, "House budget debate a largely private affair," State House News Service, 4/28/15)
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