You write that "Maryland has grappled with so-called structural deficits ... for most of the last 20 years." But who has been in control for 16 of the last 20 years? The Democrats! Remedy: Get rid of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch.
You also claim that "holding the mandated spending to fiscal 2018 levels might make some sense in fiscal 2019 or 2020 but not in 2045." Let's concentrate on the present and not 25 years in the future.
Finally, you write that "rather than the way it's done under current practice, which requires governors to get the permission of the legislature to spend less than the law requires, that process ... has the virtue ... of forcing a negotiation."
When has the legislature cooperated with a Republican governor? Remedy: Get rid of Messrs. Miller and Busch!
Maybe if we can get rid of the gerrymandering in the state — and if I hear correctly Mr. Hogan has a 70 percent approval rating — then we might see some effective governing by voting out the overwhelming majority of Democrats in the legislature.