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Democracy in action? The problem is the budget process not the spending, House Democrat says

Rep. Mark Pafford, right, says the House budget process is a sham. He said it is crafted behind closed doors with little opportunity for members or the public to discuss it in open meetings. File photo by Bill Cotterell

Rep. Mark Pafford recalls, after having been elected in 2008, serving in an appropriations subcommittee and receiving a ruler and a pencil to help him go through the proposed House budget line by line.

Times have changed, the Democrat from West Palm Beach said this week.

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