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Budget conference approaches as end of General Assembly session looms
Budget conference approaches as end of General Assembly session looms

The House and the Senate are expected to go into conference by the end of next week on the one things they must do under the Maryland Constitution — pass a balanced budget. The budget conference can be anything from high drama to a total snore depending on the issues at stake, the personalities of the chief negotiators and seemingly unrelated matters that are in fact crucial. This year, the differences between the Senate and House budgets are relatively small. There's no issue like casino gambling — which helped turn the rancorous 2012 budget conference into a "train wreck" — in the picture. This year the Democratic House and Senate have...

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