House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller had in hand a budget deal they could push through their chambers, on a party-line vote if necessary, at any time, that provided Mr. Hogan with none of the items he was negotiating for. Knowing that, they likely figured Mr. Hogan would come back with a better deal before adjournment. If not, he could still allocate the money after the fact, and why wouldn't he? They had restricted the $200 million so that it could only be spent on the priorities they had identified, and they had done very nearly as much as Mr. Hogan wanted to improve the state's long-term fiscal health. Meanwhile, they gave him some of what he wanted on charter schools and enacted a "rain tax" repeal that he cheered.