Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord, NC, reads legislation during a debate on March 23, 2016, at the General Assembly in Raleigh.  Pittman said Thursday, May 31, 2018, that he has been apologizing to Democrats for the way his fellow Republicans have shut them out of the budget process, although he said he still planned to vote for their budget because he liked a lot of what it contained.
Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord, NC, reads legislation during a debate on March 23, 2016, at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Pittman said Thursday, May 31, 2018, that he has been apologizing to Democrats for the way his fellow Republicans have shut them out of the budget process, although he said he still planned to vote for their budget because he liked a lot of what it contained. Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com
Rep. Larry Pittman of Concord, NC, reads legislation during a debate on March 23, 2016, at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Pittman said Thursday, May 31, 2018, that he has been apologizing to Democrats for the way his fellow Republicans have shut them out of the budget process, although he said he still planned to vote for their budget because he liked a lot of what it contained. Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com