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Edward J Kasemeyer
What to expect in Annapolis this week
What to expect in Annapolis this week

The Maryland Senate and House of Delegates are expected to conference this week on the one thing they are required to do by the Maryland Constitution — pass a balanced budget. Budget conferences are sometimes dramatic, sometimes not. It depends on the issues at stake, the personalities of the chief negotiators and sometimes seemingly unrelated matters that are in fact crucial. This year, the differences between the Senate and House budgets are relatively small. Both want to restore education funding, state employee pay raises and Medicaid coverage cut by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. And there's no issue on the table to sidetrack them like casino gambling, which helped...