Health care, sick leave, taxes and more: An agenda for the 2018 legislative session

Election-year sessions of the Maryland General Assembly are traditionally substance-free affairs as the Democratic majority and (almost always) Democratic governor work to avoid doing anything to rile voters up. This year’s session, which starts tomorrow, will be different, partially because we have a popular Republican governor in Larry Hogan, whom the Democrats want to rough up before November, and partially because the Trump administration is forcing Maryland leaders of both parties to grapple with the possibly calamitous downstream effects of its agenda. Here are the big issues lawmakers will face in the next 90 days and what we think they ought to do about them.

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