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Budget likely to dominate otherwise unpredictable session
Budget likely to dominate otherwise unpredictable session

One thing's certain about the General Assembly session that opens Wednesday: It will feature a budget fight. Otherwise, the 435th session of Maryland's legislature is unpredictable. Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has been singularly focused on state spending, and he broke with custom by not telling General Assembly leaders what other issues he will pursue. Democrats, who have dominated all branches of state government, will work with a Republican governor for the first time in eight years. Adding to the uncertainty: The legislature will have its the biggest freshman class in at least two decades. The only issue sure to command attention is a clash over how to close an estimated $750...

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