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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Hogan's choice
Hogan's choice

In the grand scheme of last-minute collapses in Maryland budget negotiations, the one Monday night wasn't so terrible — the 2012 debacle that led to two special legislative sessions and a gambling expansion referendum was much worse. Nonetheless, the acrimony between legislative Democrats and Gov. Larry Hogan at the end of the Republican executive's first General Assembly session was entirely unnecessary and avoidable. Both sides could have made concessions that would have made the final result better for the schoolchildren, state employees, pregnant women and others who will be worse off as a result of the failure to find common ground. But only one person can ameliorate the...