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Hogan's budget and Baltimore

Hogan's budget and Baltimore

When Gov. Larry Hogan announced his plans to help eliminate blight in neighborhoods like Freddie Gray's Sandtown, it came with an eye-popping figure attached: $700 million. But as the details emerge, it's looking less and less impressive.

For starters, there's the news this week that the first installment of the $75 million in demolition funds Mr. Hogan promised over four years isn't actually in his budget. He has said it will be included in a supplemental budget issued later in the General Assembly session — he even included mention of this plan in the budget highlights book — but the omission is...